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Thomas, Cynthia S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000
Presents five mathematics activities to celebrate the 100th Day of School. Lists the full set of activities that relate to mathematics, art, music, physical education, science, social studies and history, English, and creative writing. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Integrated Activities, Mathematics Activities
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Wickett, Maryann S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000
Having children create and solve their own story problems is a valuable activity to use for them to think carefully about and apply a concept to create and solve a problem. Describes using two books to help children learn about the concept of multiplication. (ASK)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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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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Stuart, Vanessa B. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000
Explores the phenomenon of math anxiety in a group of elementary school students by observing and conducting a survey to identify where students fit into the continuum of mathematics confidence. Discusses strategies to reduce math anxiety. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Anxiety, Sex Differences
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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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Yarema, Connie H.; Adams, Rhonda H.; Cagle, Rachel – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2000
Describes and shares one incident of a teacher's mathematics exploration in a professional development setting to exemplify the ideas of the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics. Focuses on the handshake problem which tries to find out how many handshakes will occur if 20 people shake hands with every other person. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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Emenaker, Charles E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Describes a sixth-grade interdisciplinary geometry unit based on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol". Focuses on finding area, volume, and perimeter, and working with estimation, decimals, and fractions in the context of making gingerbread houses. (ASK)
Descriptors: Area, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Schnur-Laughlin, Julia – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Describes a kindergarten teacher's experiences in using the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to increase students' awareness of basic number sense and understanding of patterns. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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Brewer, Evelyn J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Describes an activity in which students use computers and techniques from Op Art to learn various geometric concepts. Allows them to see the distinct connection between art and mathematics from a personal perspective. Reinforces writing, speaking, and drawing skills while creating slide shows related to the project. (ASK)
Descriptors: Art, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Education
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Mewborn, Denise S.; Huberty, Patricia D. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Offers practical suggestions for implementing the National Council of Mathematics Teachers' (NCTM) Standards related to classroom discourse. Presents examples of discourse from various mathematics classrooms. (ASK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Classroom Communication, Discourse Modes, Elementary Education
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Welchman, Rosamond – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Explores the meanings of millennium, century, and decade, and introduces the notion of millennial age as one's precise age on 1 January 2000. Asks students to estimate their millennial age and explores various other computation and estimation activities using the idea. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Mathematics Activities
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Sakshaug, Lynae – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Presents a problem that uses the design show and asks students to find a series of moves to take the design from the top-left corner of a piece of paper to the bottom-right corner while remaining in its original orientation. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Activities
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Sakshaug, Lynae – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Presents answers to the problem appearing in the January, 1999 Problem Solvers section of this journal, which was a strategy game called "Take Two" in which two players played by placing seven chips in a row and removing one or two chips each turn. (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Games, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities
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Friederwitzer, Fredda J.; Berman, Barbara – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Presents concrete time-teaching models to teach about making connections to fractions and measurement in which students literally measure time by using Cuisenaire rods on a form of number line to discover the meaning of the language used to describe the passing of time. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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