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Cramer, Kathleen; Karnowski, Lee – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Presents a framework to guide teaching and assessment procedures with particular emphasis on the importance of communication in learning mathematics. The Lesh translation model contains five modes of mathematical representation: manipulatives, real-life contexts, written symbols, verbal symbols, and pictures. Describes teaching scenarios. (MKR)

Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Language Role

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Helton, Sonia M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Discusses different approaches to using student journals in mathematics, including showing a heuristic and practicing skills, creating routine and nonroutine problems using real-life situations, documenting and analyzing mathematical thinking, and following up. (10 references) (MKR)

Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Classroom Communication, Content Area Writing, Elementary School Mathematics

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Tate, William – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Discusses the importance of mathematical communication that builds on the lives and experiences of all students, particularly African American students in urban schools. Discussion includes understanding the problem, centricity, communication, problem posing, conflict, and persuasion. (26 references) (MKR)

Descriptors: Blacks, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Cultural Influences

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Schwartz, Sydney L.; Brown, Anna Beth – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Presents teaching strategies that foster mathematical communication in young children, which validate their thinking, engage them in review of their thinking, and challenge them to extend their thinking. (MKR)

Descriptors: Communication Skills, Concept Formation, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Mathematics

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Lamphere, Patricia – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Explores ways to share mathematics both in and out of school and uses the newspaper as a vehicle for communicating ideas about mathematics. Includes reproducible student worksheets. (MKR)

Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

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Walen, Sharon; Hirstein, James – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Discusses the use of vignettes (experiences expressed in narrative or dialog form) to merge assessment with teaching. The rule vignette and the two-answer vignette are discussed. (MKR)

Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Communication Skills, Content Area Writing, Discussion (Teaching Technique)

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Owen, Lisa B. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Presents an example of a second-grade classroom mathematics lesson showing the class engaged in verbal reflections. (MKR)

Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Divergent Thinking, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education

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Curcio, Frances R.; And Others – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Presents ideas and activities designed to integrate poetry into the third-grade mathematics curriculum. Topics discussed include estimating, formulating and solving, comparing, and extending. Lists 11 poems that can be used. (10 references) (MKR)

Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Mathematics, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities

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Folkson, Susan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Presents a scenario using an animal word problem and illustrates how kindergarten classrooms can become rich environments to develop students' mathematical power. Presents student solutions. (MKR)

Descriptors: Animals, Elementary School Mathematics, Kindergarten, Learning Activities

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Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Presents a position statement on interdisciplinary learning and guiding principles for preK-4 curricula endorsed by the NCTM Board of Directors. Guiding principles include using meaningful connections among disciplines, fostering collaborative learning environments, developing democratic citizenship, providing a variety of social contexts,…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities

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Mason, Marguerite; Lloyd, April K. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1995

Reports on how a school-university partnership used Virginia's Public Education Network to help third graders learn about metamorphosis in insects and the scientific method of experimentation, observation, and data collection. (MKR)

Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Data Collection, Elementary School Mathematics, Entomology

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Botula, Mary Jean; Ford, Margaret I. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1997

All About Us is a statistical investigation that also involves social studies, language arts, problem solving, and mathematical communication. A fourth-grade class designed a short survey to solicit information from British pen pals to compare typical fourth-grade students in England with themselves. They collected and analyzed data, drew…

Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Data Analysis, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4

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Sawada, Daiyo – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1997

Five classroom situations in Japanese elementary schools are described and interpreted from perspective of first four standards in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum and Evaluation Standards. Concludes that Japanese children do so well in mathematics because Japanese teachers embody essence of the standards in…

Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Environment, Creative Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique)

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Senger, Elizabeth S.; And Others – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1997

Describes a classroom project integrating children's literature, Japanese culture, and geometry that grew out of the local killing of a Japanese exchange student. Fourth-graders read "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" around which the interdisciplinary unit was developed. Topics covered included Japanese culture, American social…

Descriptors: Art Activities, Childrens Literature, Cultural Education, Elementary Education