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Wilcox, Virginia B. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2008
After experiencing a Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) class on the construction of algebraic concepts surrounding zero and negative numbers, the author conducted an interview with a first grader to determine the youngster's existing level of understanding about these topics. Uncovering young students' existing understanding can provide focus…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Number Concepts, Comprehension
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Tayeh, Carla; Britton, Barbara – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2004
Strategy games can provide an interesting context for students to solve problems in an elementary mathematics classroom. The games are easy to learn, but finding a winning strategy exercises students to develop different methods to win the game.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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Olson, Melfried – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Presents responses to a problem appearing in the December, 1998 issue on the concept of determining all possibilities for colored and numbered wristbands for students. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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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