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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

Ryan, Laura E.; Dietiker, Leslie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

One way to recognize how mathematical lessons can be stimulating for children is to interpret them as stories. If mathematical lessons follow a structure similar to that of a story, they can build anticipation, create surprise, and even generate intrigue (Egan 1988). To support the design of mathematical lessons with these types of aesthetic…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Aesthetics, Grade 5

McLennan, Deanna Pecaski – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

The outdoors can offer children a rich space for learning and inspires authentic mathematical opportunities. The author describes the experiences her kindergarten students have when when they spend many hours each day, exploring their vast play yard and engaging in play-based activities typically done inside a classroom. She also chronicles the…

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

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

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

Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Measurement comprises an important set of concepts that are fundamental for students to competently navigate and work with objects and structures within their physical environment. Despite their importance, these concepts are difficult for students to grasp, as evidenced by low performance on measurement items on the National Assessment of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics

Groth, Randall E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Some statisticians have pointed out that the field of statistics essentially exists to study the variability seen in everyday life. Because variability is so foundational, the "Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education" (GAISE 2007), published by the American Statistical Association (ASA), recommend that teachers…

Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Common Core State Standards

Farmer, Sherri A.; Tank, Kristina M.; Moore, Tamara J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

When measurement is taught without a context, students may struggle to make sense of the numbers and units involved. To master measurement, elementary school students need opportunities to discuss how they measured and applied their developing skills and reasoning in context. Measurement is an essential life skill, required to do everything from…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Measurement, Measurement Objectives, Elementary School Students

Freeman, Daniel W.; Jorgensen, Theresa A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

A lack of fractional understanding is a well-documented obstacle to student achievement in upper elementary and middle school math (National Center for Educational Statistics [NCES] 1999; Lamon 1999; National Research Council [NRC] 2001). Lamon (1999) notes that one major conceptual hurdle that students must overcome is the idea that fractions are…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Enderson, Mary C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

This article presents a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activity, building an air cannon, in a mathematics classroom. It describes an investigation grounded in STEM concepts that elementary and middle school teachers carried out to think about ways of implementing STEM activities into their instruction. This particular…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Mathematics Instruction, Experiential Learning, Elementary School Mathematics

Erbilgin, Evrim – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

This article describes a series of two linear measurement activities designed to integrate the related content and processes of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) into classroom practice using nonstandard units. In the article, nonstandard units refer to same-size, repeatable units (e.g., paper clips, feet) for a specified…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Measurement, Mathematics Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)

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

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

Barta, Jim; Kyriopoulos, Joan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In the rural community of Santa Avelina in the Highlands of Guatemala, it indeed takes a village to develop children's mathematical understanding through a partnership among school, home, and community. Connections to real-life applications, such as the planting and growing of corn, shape the learning experiences of these children so that they…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement