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Russo, James A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Three-in-a-Row Lucky Numbers is an engaging, enjoyable, mathematically meaningful, game-based activity involving dice and a hundred chart, which can be used to introduce students to multiplication. The game provides a mechanism for students to explore the structure of multiplication, experiment with the distributive property, and begin to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Multiplication, Educational Games, Teaching Methods

Whitacre, Ian; Schoen, Robert C.; Champagne, Zachary; Goddard, Andrea – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Data (Schoen et al. 2016) suggests that because many students' understanding of subtraction is limited by thinking about the operation only as take-away or by using a default procedure, such as the standard subtraction algorithm in the United States, second graders are much more likely to solve 100 minus 3 correctly than 201 minus 199. This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Subtraction, Concept Formation

Bush, Sarah B.; Karp, Karen S.; Lentz, Tova; Nadler, Jennifer – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Many elementary schools across the nation are scaling back or cutting arts curriculum altogether. This article presents classroom teachers with an activity for integrating art with mathematics. Through a three-phase exploration of reasoning with shapes and their attributes, students will get to know a classmate better, work with defining and…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Art Education, Integrated Activities

McCoy, Ann; Barnett, Joann; Stine, Tammy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Without a doubt, fractions prove to be a stumbling block for many children. Researchers have suggested a variety of explanations for why this is the case. The introduction of symbolization and operations before the development of conceptual understanding of fractions, a lack of understanding of the role of the numerator and denominator, and an…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Fractions, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Measurement comprises an important set of concepts that are fundamental for students to competently navigate and work with objects and structures within their physical environment. Despite their importance, these concepts are difficult for students to grasp, as evidenced by low performance on measurement items on the National Assessment of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics

Kling, Gina; Bay-Williams, Jennifer M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

"That was the day I decided I was bad at math." Countless times, preservice and in-service teachers make statements such as this after sharing vivid memories of learning multiplication facts. Timed tests; public competitive games, such as Around the World; and visible displays of who has and has not mastered groups of facts still…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multiplication, Mathematics Skills

Enderson, Mary C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

This article presents a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activity, building an air cannon, in a mathematics classroom. It describes an investigation grounded in STEM concepts that elementary and middle school teachers carried out to think about ways of implementing STEM activities into their instruction. This particular…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Mathematics Instruction, Experiential Learning, Elementary School Mathematics

Eberle, R. Scott – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

A "tessellation" is a pattern of geometric shapes that fulfills three conditions: (1) No gaps exist between the shapes; (2) The shapes do not overlap; and (3) The pattern can go on forever in all directions. Tilings (such as tiling a floor) are familiar to children and provide a rich resource at all grade levels for learning many…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometric Concepts, Learning Activities, Concept Formation

Hefty, Lukas J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (2000) outlines fi ve Process Standards that are essential for developing deep understanding of mathematics: (1) Problem Solving; (2) Reasoning and Proof; (3) Communication; (4) Connections; and (5) Representation. The Common Core…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic, Validity

Isler, Isil; Marum, Tim; Stephens, Ana; Blanton, Maria; Knuth, Eric; Gardiner, Angela Murphy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

The study of functions has traditionally received the most attention at the secondary level, both in curricula and in standards documents--for example, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) and "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM] 2000). However, the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics

Hede, Jordan T.; Bostic, Jonathan D. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In this article, authors Jordan T. Hede and Jonathan D. Bostic present a classroom activity that challenges upper elementary students' understanding of area beyond a memorized formula and explores the meaning behind students using A = l × w to solve rectangular area problems. This activity will deepen students' understanding of the area…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities

Dean, Chrystal – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In this article, associate professor Chrystal Dean describes how teachers can challenge their upper elementary students' understanding of area beyond a memorized formula. Herein she describes an activity that will show students the "why" behind using A = l × w to solve rectangular area problems. The activity will help deepen…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Formulas

Yanik, H. Bahadir; Karabas, Celil – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Modeling requires that people develop representations or procedures to address particular problem situations (Lesh et al. 2000). Mathematical modeling is used to describe essential characteristics of a phenomenon or a situation that one intends to study in the real world through building mathematical objects. This article describes how fifth-grade…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Models, Grade 5

English, Lyn D. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

An exciting event had occurred for the grade 3 classes at Woodlands State School. A new play space designated for the older grades had now been opened to the third graders. In sharing their excitement over this "real treat, real privilege," the teachers invited the children to find out more about playgrounds and, in particular, their new…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Play, Teaching Methods

Yigit, Melike; Bofferding, Laura; Warnock, Miranda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

The How Far Do You Think You Can Jump? activity (see EJ1174770) was completed in three different contexts: an after-school mathematics enrichment program at Woodland and Country Schools in Weston, Massachusetts; a small-group pull-out of second graders at Wren Elementary in Piedmont, South Carolina; and a family math night in Lafayette, Indiana.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Competition, Athletics