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Open Questions for the Three Part Lesson Dr. Small: K-3, 4-8
Number Sense and Numeration K-3, 4-8
Measurement & Patterning and Algebra K-3, 4-8
Geometry and Spatial Sense & Data Management and Probability K-3, 4-8
Big Ideas from Dr. Small: K-3, 4-8, 9-12
"Dr. Small describes the big ideas in elementary mathematics in each strand and in each topic area and provides activities, called teaching ideas, that model how the content can be taught through big ideas. Questions and prompts are also provided to help teachers more effectively bring out the big ideas in mathematics."
"Many teachers who teach at the K-8 level have not had the luxury of specialist training in mathematics, yet are expected to teach an increasingly sophisticated curriculum to an increasingly diverse student population in a climate where there are heightened public expectations. Making Math Meaningful, 3rd Edition is designed to support you in teaching mathematics in the Canadian K-8 classroom by providing you with insight into how to make mathematics make sense to students and how to capture their interest. "
In this resource, "specific strategies and examples for each grade band are organized around the Cational Council of Teachers of Mathemtaics (NCTM) content strangs: Number and Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Algebra, and Data and Probability." Additionally, this resource "underscores the rationale for differentiating math instruciton, describes two universal...stratgies designed to overcome the problems that teachers encounter, offers almost 300 questions and tasks that teachers can adopt, adapt, or model to create their own, and shows how to create a more inclusive classroom learning community with mathematical talk that engages participants from all levels."
Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics
Developmentally Approrpriate Instruction for: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
"Each volume focuses on the content relevant to a specitic grade and provides additional information on creating an effective classroom environment [and] engaging families...each volume is specificially tailored to different grades, allowing teachers to quickly and easily locate information to implement in their classes."
Good Questions for Math Teaching
Why Ask Them and What to Ask: Grades K-6 and 5-8
"'Good Questions' - or open-ended questions - promote students' mathematical thinking, understanding, and proficency. By asking careful, purposeful questions, teachers create dynamic learning environments, help students make sense of math, and unravel misconceptions. This book...includes a wide variety of good questions for classroom use and offers teachers tips on how to create open-ended questions of their own. Organized by subject area and grade level, the mathematical topics covered include number relationships; multiplication and proportional reasining; fractions, decimals, and percents; geometry; algebraic thinking; data analysis and probability; and measurement."