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Rumsey, Chepina; Guarino, Jody; Gildea, Rachael; Cho, Christina Y.; Lockhart, Bethany – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Early career K-grade 2 teachers in a yearlong project explored discourse and mathematical argumentation through monthly professional development (PD) sessions. The goal of the project was to develop an understanding of the types of K-grade 2 tasks that promote argumentation, the types of discourse and argumentation that K-grade 2 students engage…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Primary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

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

Champagne, Zachary M.; Schoen, Robert; Riddell, Claire M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Early elementary school students are expected to solve twelve distinct types of word problems. A math researcher and two teachers pose a structure for thinking about one problem type that has not been studied as closely as the other eleven. In this article, the authors share some of their discoveries with regard to the variety of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving, Teaching Methods

Godfrey, Connie J.; Stone, Jamalee – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2013

Math games can be powerful tools in helping students achieve automaticity in basic addition and related subtraction facts if both teachers and students use them purposefully. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM 2000), developing a solid mathematical foundation is essential for every child in prekindergarten through…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Educational Games, Arithmetic

Voza, Luann – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

Traditionally, the first mathematical task for primary grade students to master is addition. Mastering addition facts is truly a positive experience. Then one turns to subtraction. After mastering addition facts, many students think that subtraction facts are a whole new set of facts to learn that have nothing to do with addition facts. They do…

Descriptors: Primary Education, Subtraction, Task Analysis, Addition

Chevalier, Cheryl; Pippen, Mary H.; Stevens, Dorothy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2008

The authors describe a hands-on program that they developed after their attendance at the NCTM Algebra Academy. The article explains how to use literature to capture youngsters' attention and engage them in interactive mathematical activities.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Student Motivation, Student Participation

Carter, Susan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2008

Jean Piaget (1970) defined "disequilibrium" as a conflict between new ideas and current conceptions. In this article, the author describes how introducing this concept to her first graders improved formative assessment results and the overall classroom climate during mathematics class. Students feel success in mathematics even without mastering a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Grade 1, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods

Scharton, Susan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2004

This article challenges the traditional model for teaching computation in the primary grades. It describes a model in which students are encouraged to invent and use alternative computation procedures.

Descriptors: Computation, Teaching Methods, Primary Education, Young Children

Herrera, Terese A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2004

This article features Number Time, a site developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for young mathematics learners, located at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime. The site uses interactive animation to help children in pre-K through grade 2 understand and practice number basics. Users will find online games, videos that tell number…

Descriptors: Animation, Web Sites, Mathematics Instruction, Young Children

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Postlewait, Kristian B.; Adams, Michelle R.; Shih, Jeffrey C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2003

Discusses classroom practices that promote the understanding of number concepts in the primary grades. (Author/NB)

Descriptors: Addition, Arithmetic, Computation, Mathematics Education

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Bonsangue, Martin V.; Gannon, Gerald E.; Watson, Karen L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000

Describes a mathematics lesson using digital sums that allows teachers to assess third grade students' understanding of reasoning, arithmetic, and geometry. (ASK)

Descriptors: Addition, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3, Lesson Plans

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Lehrer, Richard; Curtis, Carmen L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000

Describes how classification came alive in a third grade classroom as children searched for rules or properties defining the five Platonic solids, then constructed a precise definition to classify these solids. (ASK)

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction

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Reed, Kristine M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000

Describes first grade students' mathematical investigation of the number of spots on a cheetah. The exploration of counting and estimation strategies that grew from the investigation gives evidence that mathematicians come in all ages. (ASK)

Descriptors: Computation, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Learning Strategies

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Drier, Hollylynne Stohl – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000

Describes how third grade students worked together to investigate relationships between fractions and percents using a spreadsheet tool. Highlights a dynamic classroom environment in which students and teachers work together as a community to learn and do mathematics. (ASK)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Fractions, Mathematics Activities

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Frakes, Cyndi; Kline, Kate – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000

Describes the changes in a kindergarten teacher's thinking of what it means to teach and learn mathematics as a result of her participation in a professional development program called the InMath project. Focuses on children's mathematical thinking and characteristics of young mathematicians. (ASK)

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