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Hong, Dae S.; Runnalls, Cristina – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

There are fundamental questions that teachers should ask themselves and their students as they prepare lessons on calculating area. Area measurement is commonly used in everyday life (perhaps to carpet a room or organize a space) and plays a foundational role in mathematics from multiplication all way up to calculus. Despite the usefulness of area…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Geometric Concepts, Measurement

Martínez, José Manuel; Ramírez, Laura – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

When the focus of instruction is on learning to use mathematical tools--such as a ruler or a calculator--as a procedure, students tend not to incorporate their own mathematical reasoning. This unreflective use of tools hinders students' questioning of the reasonableness of their answers. This article describes how children expressed their…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement Equipment

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

Zeybek, Zulfiye; Cross Francis, Dionne I. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Measurement is an important component of K-grade 12 mathematics curricula. The concepts of area and perimeter of polygons are first introduced in third grade and serve as the basis for teaching in the upper grades. Without a strong understanding of measurement, students will struggle to meaningfully grasp three-dimensional measurement concepts…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Switzer, J. Matt – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" outlines eight teaching practices for effective teaching and learning of mathematics (NCTM 2014). One of the teaching practices, "elicit and use evidence of student thinking," states, "Effective teaching of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Logic

English, Lyn D.; King, Donna T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

How do cross-bracing, geometry, and base isolation help buildings withstand earthquakes? These important structural design features involve fundamental geometry that elementary school students can readily model and understand. The problem activity, Designing an Earthquake-Resistant Building, was undertaken by several classes of sixth- grade…

Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Architecture, Geometry, Elementary School Students

Bolognese, Chris A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Eliciting student thinking is paramount to effective mathematics teaching and learning. Although one can use many strategies and techniques to promote student thinking, technology is one resource that is often underutilized. Whether it is the informed use of calculators or an interactive website, technology can be leveraged to promote mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Mathematical Logic, Educational Technology

Fuentes, Sarah Quebec – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

NCTM's "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (2014), outlines eight teaching practices for effective teaching and learning mathematics. One of them, facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse, states, "Effective teaching of mathematics facilitates discourse among students to build shared understanding of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Persuasive Discourse

Howse, Tashana D.; Howse, Mark E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that addresses spatial sense and geometric reasoning. Students begin to understand geometry through direct interaction with their physical world. Because it is the study of the physical attributes of the environment, geometry has relevance for every student; the world becomes a big classroom. As students see,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Activities

Burgess, Claudia R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Designed for a broad audience, including educators, camp directors, afterschool coordinators, and preservice teachers, this investigation aims to help individuals experience mathematics in unconventional and exciting ways by engaging them in the physical activity of building geometric shapes using ropes. Through this engagement, the author…

Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Geometric Concepts

Higgins, Karen M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2013

In this article, Teachers use "studio" time to review videotaped classroom episodes, learn about students' developmental levels in geometry, and increase students' use of mathematical language and vocabulary.This article has a twofold purpose: (1) to share the power of opening the classroom door to a community of professional…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Geometry, Grade 2, Elementary School Students

Bush, Sarah B.; Karp, Karen S.; Lentz, Tova; Nadler, Jennifer – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2013

This article showcases the benefits of the alliance the authors have established during the past two years with the Barnes Foundation to add more mathematics activities to their repertoire and to integrate more art into their mathematics lessons. Recently, they decided to focus on activities at the K-grade 2 level that could be used as an on-site…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Mathematics Education

Kinzer, Cathy J.; Stanford, Ted – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2013

This article presents a sequence of learning activities that lead to using the area model of multiplication to understand the distributive property (DP). The connection between area and multiplication is an important one, both for algebraic thinking and for geometry, as indicated in two of the critical areas for the third grade in the Common Core…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Multiplication, Learning Activities, Mathematical Concepts

Cross, Dionne I.; Adefope, Olufunke; Lee, Mi Yeon; Perez, Arnulfo – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Tasks that develop spatial and algebraic reasoning are crucial for learning and applying advanced mathematical ideas. In this article, the authors describe how two early childhood teachers used stories as the basis for a unit that supports spatial reasoning in kindergartners and first graders. Having mathematical experiences that go beyond…

Descriptors: Preschool Children, Algebra, Futures (of Society), Mathematics Instruction

Bleiler, Sarah K.; Thompson, Denisse R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Given the recent release and widespread state adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), teachers across the country now have common goals related to what their students should understand about particular mathematical topics. The authors of CCSSM explain, "Asking a student to understand something means asking a teacher to…

Descriptors: State Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction