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Morrow-Leong, Kimberly – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Assessing student understanding is a critical part of a teacher's routine. Most assessments are reviewed with a quick eye, but the evidence-centered assessment strategy encourages us to slow down and look more carefully at student work samples. In this article, the author proposes guidelines for the close examination of student work. These…

Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evidence Based Practice, Guidelines, Evaluation Criteria

Covington, Savannah – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Is anything more refreshing than going for a nice, long swim? The math scenarios presented in this article will take the reader back to hot summer days and remind the reader what a cool dip in the water feels like. Solving these problems is enjoyable and encourages the solver to think of the many ways that math is all around--even in the middle of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Lesson Plans, Mathematics Activities

English, Lyn D.; King, Donna T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

How do cross-bracing, geometry, and base isolation help buildings withstand earthquakes? These important structural design features involve fundamental geometry that elementary school students can readily model and understand. The problem activity, Designing an Earthquake-Resistant Building, was undertaken by several classes of sixth- grade…

Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Architecture, Geometry, Elementary School Students

Poon, Rebecca C.; Lewis, Priscilla Eide – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

One of the challenges in learning fractions is understanding how and why a fraction can have multiple interpretations. As presented in one textbook, a fraction is "a symbol, such as 2/3, 5/1, or 8/5, used to name a part of a whole, a part of a set, a location on a number line, or a division of whole numbers" (Charles et al. 2012, p.…

Descriptors: Fractions, Class Activities, Lesson Plans, Teaching Methods

Zhang, Xiaofen; Clements, M. A.; Ellerton, Nerida F. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

An understanding of unit fractions, and especially of one-half, one-third, and one-fourth, is crucially important for elementary school children's development of number sense (CCSSI 2010). We describe multimodal activities designed to assist elementary school students in gaining a rich understanding of unit fractions. Research has shown (Zhang,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students, Secondary School Mathematics

Bleiler, Sarah K.; Baxter, Wesley A.; Stephens, D. Christopher; Barlow, Angela T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Teachers who participated in a recent summer institute focused on implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Throughout the summer institute, teachers had many in-depth discussions about the meanings they attributed to the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs). In this article, the authors share some of the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Academic Standards, Summer Programs, State Standards

Lee, Mi Yeon – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Project-based learning (PBL) is an effective approach to STEM education because it allows students to experience scientific inquiry by using their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to solve realistic problems. PBL consists of four components: (1) posing and comprehending a driving question; (2)…

Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Inquiry

Swanson, Patricia E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Elementary school mathematics is increasingly recognized for its crucial role in developing the foundational skills and understandings for algebra. In this article, the author uses a lesson to introduce the concept of "rates"--comparing two different types and units of measure--and how to graph them. Described is the lesson and shared…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Algebra, Skill Development

Kurz, Terri L.; Serrano, Alejandra – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

To support students' development of concepts in mathematics, the use of technology is often encouraged (Common Core State Standards Initiative [CCSSI] 2010). Technology can contextualize learning and provide a meaningful setting for mathematical ideas. Most teachers are supportive regarding the use of technology to encourage learning and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods

Cross Francis, Dionne I.; Hudson, Rick A.; Lee, Mi Yeon; Rapacki, Lauren; Vesperman, Crystal Marie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Statistical literacy is essential in everyone's personal lives as consumers, citizens, and professionals. To make informed life and professional decisions, students are required to read, understand, and interpret vast amounts of information, much of which is quantitative. To develop statistical literacy so students are able to make sense of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Statistics, Mathematical Logic, Problem Solving

Yanik, H. Bahadir; Memis, Yasin – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Engaging students in studies about conservation and sustainability can support their understanding of making environmental conscious decisions to conserve Earth. This article aims to contribute these efforts and direct students' attention to how they can use mathematics to make environmental decisions. Contributors to iSTEM: Integrating…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods, Conservation (Environment), Energy Conservation

Hede, Jordan T.; Bostic, Jonathan D. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In this article, authors Jordan T. Hede and Jonathan D. Bostic present a classroom activity that challenges upper elementary students' understanding of area beyond a memorized formula and explores the meaning behind students using A = l × w to solve rectangular area problems. This activity will deepen students' understanding of the area…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities

Lee, Mi Yeon – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In the technology-rich twenty-first century, students are required to actively construct their knowledge and collaboratively engage in problem solving by using such skills as adaptability, communication, self-management, and systematic thinking. In accordance with this necessity, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students

Sibley, Amanda; Kurz, Terri L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Teachers often commemorate Earth Day with their classes by planting trees, discussing important conservation topics (such as recycling or preventing pollution), and encouraging students to take care of planet Earth. To promote observance of Earth Day in an intermediate elementary school classroom, this…

Descriptors: Forestry, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Sustainability

Cavey, Laurie O.; Kinzel, Margaret T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Teachers report that engaging students in solving contextual problems is an important part of supporting student understanding of algorithms for fraction division. Meaning for whole-number operations is a crucial part of making sense of contextual problems involving rational numbers. The authors present a developed instructional sequence to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Preservice Teacher Education