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Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Children's literature can provide useful contexts for teaching mathematics. In this article, the authors discuss the use of the children's book "Measuring Penny" (Leedy 1997) to support Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) related to length measurement. The authors first describe three types of misconceptions…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Bertolone-Smith, Claudia M.; Gillette-Koyen, Linda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The first author's initial attempts at a whole-class mathematics discussion were woefully dysfunctional. Ten second graders showing their answers to a missing addend question about the number of children left riding a school bus did not result in the mathematical epiphany that the textbook promised. She did not give up on using mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication

Livers, Stefanie D.; Harbour, Kristin E.; Fowler, Lindsey – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

In this article, Lindsey Fowler describes how an animal rhyme--that she shared with her fifth-grade students with the intention of assisting them with the concept of metric conversions--made fostering the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) more difficult. The addition of animals, which added an extraneous element that students mistakenly…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Metric System, Mathematical Concepts

Thomas, Jonathan N. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Gesture is a powerful and frequent means of mathematical communication. It is a rich modality through which we may reach out to students and they may reach out to teachers, and this is particularly true for instances in which spoken language is not necessarily a commonality among classroom participants. Indeed, our movements help us share more…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Activities, Elementary School Mathematics

Peña, Jesica; Cortina, José Luis; Višnovská, Jana – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

This article describes how a teacher in Mexico City worked with two researchers on an instructional design project to help kindergartners become proficient in participating in whole-class mathematical conversations.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Wasserman, Nicholas H. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

As a parent, the author stepped into his child's class on a Friday morning to a room buzzing with activity. Parents walked around the room, coffee and bagel in hand, reading stories that their child (and others) had drafted, revised, written, and illustrated. Students eagerly shared their stories and drawings, cherishing the comments and praise…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 2, Elementary School Students

Gresham, Gina; Shannon, Tracy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Mathematics discourse is a teaching approach that encourages student discussion and reveals an understanding of concepts as students engage in mathematical reasoning and debate (Cobb 2006). Grabowski and Ke (2007) posit that students have significantly higher achievement and positive attitudes toward mathematics after participating in gaming…

Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement

Bush, Sarah B.; Karp, Karen S.; Lentz, Tova; Nadler, Jennifer – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Many elementary schools across the nation are scaling back or cutting arts curriculum altogether. This article presents classroom teachers with an activity for integrating art with mathematics. Through a three-phase exploration of reasoning with shapes and their attributes, students will get to know a classmate better, work with defining and…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Art Education, Integrated Activities

Lomax, Kendra; Alfonzo, Kristin; Dietz, Sarah; Kleyman, Ellen; Kazemi, Elham – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

The goals of problem-solving activities in the elementary grades often include making sense of story problems, developing a range of strategies, and reaching accurate solutions. These are important mathematical aims, but they do not fully address the demands of modeling with mathematics as described in the fourth of the Common Core's eight…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Problem Solving

McCormick, Kelly K.; Essex, N. Kathryn – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

This article reports on a study in which researchers asked children to "make up as story and a picture about marbles for this number sentence: 3 x 5 = 15." Students in this study came from pre - dominantly low- to average-income families living in three distinct geographical areas within the United States. A similar division task was…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Multiplication, Arithmetic, Elementary School Students

Zeybek, Zulfiye; Cross Francis, Dionne I. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Measurement is an important component of K-grade 12 mathematics curricula. The concepts of area and perimeter of polygons are first introduced in third grade and serve as the basis for teaching in the upper grades. Without a strong understanding of measurement, students will struggle to meaningfully grasp three-dimensional measurement concepts…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

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

Kurz, Terri L.; Robles, Rolando – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

To improve access to STEM curriculum, an activity was planned that presents the opportunity to design and build using gears and other tools. In this challenge, preservice elementary school teachers were asked to mathematically analyze gears and create an amusement park ride that uses gears to spin. Although this lesson was implemented with…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, STEM Education, Mathematics Activities, Preservice Teachers

Looney, Susan; Carr, Kristen – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

A first-grade teacher has students use their hands and fingers to engage in and develop understanding of counting, to combine groups to facilitate counting by fives and tens, and to describe their findings using words and equations.

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 1, Computation

Eberle, R. Scott – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

A "tessellation" is a pattern of geometric shapes that fulfills three conditions: (1) No gaps exist between the shapes; (2) The shapes do not overlap; and (3) The pattern can go on forever in all directions. Tilings (such as tiling a floor) are familiar to children and provide a rich resource at all grade levels for learning many…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometric Concepts, Learning Activities, Concept Formation