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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

Hong, Dae S.; Runnalls, Cristina – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

There are fundamental questions that teachers should ask themselves and their students as they prepare lessons on calculating area. Area measurement is commonly used in everyday life (perhaps to carpet a room or organize a space) and plays a foundational role in mathematics from multiplication all way up to calculus. Despite the usefulness of area…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Geometric Concepts, Measurement

Martínez, José Manuel; Ramírez, Laura – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

When the focus of instruction is on learning to use mathematical tools--such as a ruler or a calculator--as a procedure, students tend not to incorporate their own mathematical reasoning. This unreflective use of tools hinders students' questioning of the reasonableness of their answers. This article describes how children expressed their…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement Equipment

Singer, Bethany; Shafer, Kathryn G. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Building physical models is a natural activity for children and provides a context for lessons on two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) shapes. However, children do not think of their models as prisms, cylinders, and pyramids. Their creations are spaceships, tunnels, castles, and nets on the floor. Creating these types of shapes with…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills

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

McCormick, Kelly K.; Twitchell, Guinevere – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Young children thrive in classrooms that allow them to explore and discover their environment and interests and also support them in this learning. Because children learn best when they are interested and excited, early-childhood educators should offer children play-based, integrated mathematical experiences (NRC 2009). In this article, the…

Descriptors: Investigations, Active Learning, Student Projects, Preschool Children

Bittman, Erin; Moomaw, Sally – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Members of a third-grade class were involved in a heated discussion. They were using a fixed number of links to create fences for toy cows. The children could change the shape of the field produced by the links, but they could not add any links or take any away. Understanding the relationship between perimeter and area is a difficult concept for…

Descriptors: Grade 3, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Integrated Activities

Switzer, J. Matt – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" outlines eight teaching practices for effective teaching and learning of mathematics (NCTM 2014). One of the teaching practices, "elicit and use evidence of student thinking," states, "Effective teaching of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Logic

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

Wickstrom, Megan H. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Any of the key concepts that students need to know about area measurement are covered in the third-grade expectations detailed in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010). However, making sense of area measurement is not always an easy task for students; it takes time. Researchers have found that young children often…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, State Standards

Howse, Tashana D.; Howse, Mark E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that addresses spatial sense and geometric reasoning. Students begin to understand geometry through direct interaction with their physical world. Because it is the study of the physical attributes of the environment, geometry has relevance for every student; the world becomes a big classroom. As students see,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Activities

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

Dean, Chrystal – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In this article, associate professor Chrystal Dean describes how teachers can challenge their upper elementary students' understanding of area beyond a memorized formula. Herein she describes an activity that will show students the "why" behind using A = l × w to solve rectangular area problems. The activity will help deepen…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Formulas

Burgess, Claudia R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Designed for a broad audience, including educators, camp directors, afterschool coordinators, and preservice teachers, this investigation aims to help individuals experience mathematics in unconventional and exciting ways by engaging them in the physical activity of building geometric shapes using ropes. Through this engagement, the author…

Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Geometric Concepts

Higgins, Karen M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2013

In this article, Teachers use "studio" time to review videotaped classroom episodes, learn about students' developmental levels in geometry, and increase students' use of mathematical language and vocabulary.This article has a twofold purpose: (1) to share the power of opening the classroom door to a community of professional…

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