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Rumsey, Chepina; Guarino, Jody; Beltramini, Jennie; Cole, Shelbi; Farmer, Alicia; Gray, Kristin; Saxby, Morgan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

In this article the authors describe a project during which they unpacked fraction standards, created rigorous tasks and lesson plans, and developed formative and summative assessments to analyze students' thinking about fraction multiplication. The purpose of this article is to (1) illustrate a process that can be replicated by educators…

Descriptors: Multiplication, Fractions, Student Evaluation, Mathematics Instruction

Reed, Kristen E.; Goldenberg, E. Paul – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievements of intended instructional outcomes. Formative assessment means assessment embedded in instruction. That definition was adopted in 2006 by the Council of Chief State…

Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Mathematics Instruction

Barlow, Angela T.; Gerstenschlager, Natasha E.; Harmon, Shannon E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

In this article, three instructional situations demonstrate the value of using an "unknown" student's work to allow the advancement of students' mathematical thinking as well as their engagement in the mathematical practice of critiquing the reasoning of others: (1) introducing alternative solution strategies; (2) critiquing inaccuracies…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills

Covington, Savannah – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Is anything more refreshing than going for a nice, long swim? The math scenarios presented in this article will take the reader back to hot summer days and remind the reader what a cool dip in the water feels like. Solving these problems is enjoyable and encourages the solver to think of the many ways that math is all around--even in the middle of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Lesson Plans, Mathematics Activities

Kurz, Terri L.; Robles, Rolando – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

To improve access to STEM curriculum, an activity was planned that presents the opportunity to design and build using gears and other tools. In this challenge, preservice elementary school teachers were asked to mathematically analyze gears and create an amusement park ride that uses gears to spin. Although this lesson was implemented with…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, STEM Education, Mathematics Activities, Preservice Teachers

Looney, Susan; Carr, Kristen – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

A first-grade teacher has students use their hands and fingers to engage in and develop understanding of counting, to combine groups to facilitate counting by fives and tens, and to describe their findings using words and equations.

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 1, Computation

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

Moomaw, Sally – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Skilled instructors observe consistent errors that young children may make in particular situations and seek ways to help children reform their thinking through conceptual understanding. Such teacher observations as those presented at the beginning of this article, combined with similar observations by teachers in other preschool and kindergarten…

Descriptors: Addition, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods

Cavazos, Rebecca R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

This article details how certain mathematical "discoveries" that Cavazos' fourth graders made were recorded throughout the year. Cavazos invited a math professor, a biologist, a literacy professor, a chemist, a statistician, and an engineering student, as well as their school principal and computer lab technician, both of whom are…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Investigations, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities

Legnard, Danielle; Austin, Susan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

The Math Promise is a contract that family members make with one another. They commit to spending mathematical time together; getting to know each other's mathematical thinking and understanding; and finding time to play math games, solve problems, and notice mathematics in their daily lives. Whether parents and children are cooking in the…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Activities

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

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

Barta, Jim; Kyriopoulos, Joan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In the rural community of Santa Avelina in the Highlands of Guatemala, it indeed takes a village to develop children's mathematical understanding through a partnership among school, home, and community. Connections to real-life applications, such as the planting and growing of corn, shape the learning experiences of these children so that they…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement

Lannin, John K.; Chval, Kathryn B. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2013

As beginning teachers start to recognize the complexity of teaching mathematics in elementary school classrooms and how their new vision for teaching mathematics creates new challenges, they experience discomfort--a healthy awareness that much is to be learned. Brousseau (1997) notes that changes in the roles that are implicitly assigned to the…

Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Student Role

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