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April 2008, Volume 14, Issue 8

FEATURES

Alice in Numberland: Through the Standards in Wonderland
Donna Christy, Karen Lambe, Christine Payson, Patricia Carnevale, and Debra Scarpelli
Discussion of a whimsical mathematics event for children and adults that was held at the Providence Children’s Museum in Rhode Island. It was derived from Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. NCTM’s five Content Standards were the basis of all stations and activities. The article also includes a table listing thirty-one activities and a brief synopsis of the activity, grade, and NCTM Standard.

Learning Our Way to One Million
David Whitin
This article describes five episodes in which children in grades 2–5 explore the concept of one million in a variety of ways. The children tie this large number to familiar contexts and use such concepts as area, length, place value, money, and ratio to solve the problems they pose for themselves.

Read how you can use this journal article as a Professional Development Experience.

Focal Points—Grades 3 and 4
Randall Charles and Paula Duckett
The fourth in a series exploring the use of Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics–A Quest for Coherence. The Focal Points provide a framework for organizing objectives and skills across the country.

Read how you can use this journal article as a Professional Development Experience.

Problem-Solving Support for English Language Learners
Lynda Wiest
Instructional support strategies for supporting English Language Learners using problem solving activities. The article presents a lesson built on an adapted version of the classic Chickens and Pigs word problem. The lesson also includes student samples, teaching techniques, and teaching notes to help build understanding.