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August 2011, Volume 18, Issue 1

 FEATURES The Math Wizard in OzDonna Christy, Karen Lambe, Christine Payson, and Patricia CarnevaleStandards-based, hands-on activities spotlight the classic story. Four activity sheets (4 pp.) and five appendixes (14 pp.) Winning the “Hundred Years’ War”Luann VozaArm your students for victory in the age-old battle to master subtraction with regrouping. Second Look:Methods of Subtraction Math in Riley’s WorldKaren L. KritzerCapitalize on natural opportunities to engage young children with math in their world, contribute to their kindergarten readiness, and develop five-year-old mathematicians. Disabilities in Written ExpressionTeresa J. GardnerClassroom activities can be part of an effective teaching strategy to help children whose math performance demonstrates a learning deficit.

 Departments news&viewsnews&views: Welcome to Volume 18; In My Opinion Problem Solversproblem solvers: problem - Windows Problem Solversproblem solvers: solutions - How Long Can You Stand on One Foot? Math by the Monthmath by the month: Mining Data with USA Today’s Snapshots technology from the classroomtechnology from the classroom: Using Technology to Understand Rate of Change Reviewing and Viewingreviewing and viewing: Comics, Movies, Puzzles, and Pigs backtalkback talk: Exploring Combinations with Apples and Bananas

 Second Look - Methods of Subtraction Check Out These Checkbooks: Real-Life Banking for the ClassroomThis program stresses the mathematics skills of banking, problem solving, place value, and multidigit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. It also stresses neatness, positive behavior, and responsibility, along with skills that relate to other curriculum areas, such as knowing one's own address, signing one's name in cursive, using correct capitalization, and knowing how to spell number words. The children enjoy the program because it imitates real life. backtalk: How Nicole uses counting up to subtractAt the end of her first grade year, Nicole explains her thought process in solving a subtraction problem. Learning Strategies for Addition and Subtraction Facts: The Road to Fluency and the License to ThinkThe impact of thinking about addition and subtraction facts instead of rotely memorizing them. Describes in detail the addition strategies that students used and mini-units to teach each strategy. Each mini-unit included introduction using manipulatives, a student illustration of the strategy, math journaling, and an informational newsletter describing the strategy to parents.