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August 2008, Volume 15, Issue 1

FEATURES

Identifying Opportunities to Connect Parents, Students, and Mathematics
Nancy Fagan
Thoughts on how to host a successful Parent Math Night. Includes several recommendations and the directions to a game the author has successfully used. Even if you teach in an area where it is difficult to get parents involved, the authors suggests ways to incorporate math into existing school events.

Tracking Time: Representing Elapsed Time on an Open Timeline
Juli Dixon
The open-number-line technique for adding and subtracting whole numbers to solve elapsed-time problems. Several student examples are included. Shows several correct solutions to each problem for students who struggle finding elapsed time or converting units when solving time problems.

Introducing Complex Systems into the Mathematics Curriculum
Lyn English
An approach to introducing elementary school children to complex systems through mathematical modeling activities. A number of principles for designing such learning experiences are presented, together with examples of children’s responses to two sample activities. There is good background information about what a complex system is and how to define complex systems for elementary age students.

Modeling Students' Mathematics Using Steffe's Fraction Schemes
Anderson Norton and Andrea McCloskey
Descriptions and examples of Steffe's fractions schemes, which characterize common conceptions of fractions among children. These schemes are to be used as insights into student's reasoning so teachers can help guide and develop their students fractional awareness or clear up student's misconceptions. Several student examples are included.

Sharing: Cat Games and Cookies Special Education Students Investigate Division
Susan Taber and Michele Canonica

Students in a special needs classroom responded to a variety of multiplication and division learning activities and adapted the activities to meet their particular interests and needs. Division is represented as sharing and arrays through child-led activities. Several student examples are included.

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Sharing Cat Games and Cookies: Students with Learning Disabilities Investigate and Represent Multiplication and Division 
Presenters: Susan B. Taber, Michele Canonica