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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Harris, Jacqueline – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1997
Describes a literature-based approach to helping primary students become more proficient problem solvers in mathematics. Literature-based activities were chosen to develop a sense of community in the classroom. This enabled students to develop the self-confidence to share thoughts and feelings while problem solving in small-group and class…
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development
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Reynolds, Anne; Wheatley, Grayson H. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1997
Describes how students in a third-grade classroom were given opportunities to practice measurement activities on their school playground. Argues that the school buildings and playground can be rich sources of ways to help students make connections and extend their spatial thinking and reasoning beyond the confines of the classroom. (ASK)
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Estimation (Mathematics), Grade 3, Learning Activities
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Hildebrandt, Carolyn – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1998
Presents educational games to promote mathematical reasoning and problem solving in the primary grades. Children take charge of their learning and create exciting challenges for one another. (ASK)
Descriptors: Division, Educational Games, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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Kline, Kate – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1998
Discusses the use of quick-image activities in which the teacher flashes one particular image consisting of dots on the overhead projector screen for three seconds, hides it from view, then asks students to tell how many dots were shown and to describe what they saw. (ASK)
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Kindergarten, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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Richardson, Kathy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1997
Addresses difficulty levels and the importance of providing experience at all levels. Levels are count and land, at which children do not understand if the number arrived at is reasonable; number sense and relationships, where children are developing a sense of reasonableness; and parts of numbers, when children are able to work flexibly with…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic
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