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November 2011, Volume 18, Issue 4

FEATURES

Teaching Math is All Write
Nancy Staal and Pamela J. Wells
Leverage the parallels between teaching writing and teaching math to nudge your students toward deeper understanding.

Nurturing Mathematical Reasoning
Jennifer S. Thom
Do students’ physical actions and interactions precede sophisticated reasoning?

Neurons and the Process Standards
Ron Zambo and Debby Zambo
A series of tasks with the mathematical structure of a Chickens and Pigs problem can change children’s brains as they connect new learning to prior knowledge.

Understanding Linear Measure
Leslie C. Dietiker, Funda Gonulates, and John P. Smith III
Push your instruction beyond procedures: Enhance student tasks and offer better opportunities to develop conceptual understanding.
Second Look:
Measuring Length

Second Look - Measuring Length

Inchworm and a Half: Developing Fraction and Measurement Concepts Using Mathematical Representations
The use of the book “Inchworm and a Half” to stimulate children's investigations in measurement and number. During a two-day lesson children used physical models and visual representations to develop measurement skills and explore equivalent relationships. Includes a worksheet idea, student solutions, and reflection on their work.

Investigations: A Mathematical Measurement Mystery
An activity about mysteries focused on teaching measurement. Investigations are hands-on, open-ended activities that encourage problem solving, reasoning, communication, and mathematical connections. Investigations is a regular feature of Teaching Children Mathematics and highlights activities that develop conceptual understanding of mathematics topics.

Early Childhood Corner: Measuring Experiences for Young Children
Teaching measurement through different activities. Teachers will gain ideas of how to design activities for students that will teach different measurement concepts. The focus of Early Childhood Corner is to help early childhood teachers support pre-K and kindergarten students' emerging mathematical understanding.

Illuminations Lesson: Ladybug Lengths
This lesson captures students’ interests, provides an introduction to and practice with the measurable attributes of length, and assesses student knowledge. This experience focuses student’s attention on the attributes of length and gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in using nonstandard units of measurement. The lesson begins with a connection to children's literature. As students practice measuring length, they do so using nonstandard units.

Measurement Standard - Pre-K through Grade 12

Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to—