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Active Learning in the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 5-8

Active Learning in the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 5-8

Second Edition

February 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin

Deepen students' understanding of math concepts through active involvement!

Engaging students directly in creative learning experiences is the basis of author Hope Martin's approach for re-energizing mathematics instruction. Active Learning in the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 5–8, Second Edition offers attention-grabbers such as Algebra Jokes, The M&M Mystery, How Long Would It Take to Walk to China?, and Gummi Worms to help students use mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, gain meaningful understandings of key concepts, and effectively communicate their mathematical thinking. 

Presenting a generous collection of student activities aligned with the five NCTM content standards, this revised edition of Multiple Intelligences in the Mathematics Classroom features

  • A new chapter addressing algebra concepts
  • Reproducible student pages for each activity
  • Journaling questions to engage students in writing about mathematics
  • Specific Web site resources

With step-by-step directions, suggestions, tips, and variations for implementation, this updated text provides a rich instructional resource for teachers, mathematics specialists, and curriculum directors.

About the Author
NCTM Standards Table
1. Investigations: Estimation, Large Numbers, and Numeration

$1,000,000 Long

How Many Strides to Walk Around the Earth?

Rectangles and Factors

Venn Diagrams: LCM and GCF

Dessert for a Crowd

5 x 5 Puzzle Cents

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Music and Fractions

Mathematical Palindromes

2. Active Algebra

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

Algebra Jokes

The M & M Mystery

Algebra Match

Inequality Number Line Match

Mind Reading or Algebra?

3. Geometry: Our Mathematical Window to the World

Folding a Tangram

Making a Tangram Quilt


Open-Top Boxes

Explorations With Cereal Boxes

The Painted Cube

Cubes That Grow

4. The Measure of Mathematics

Just How Big Is the Statue of Liberty?

Gummi Worms

What Happened 1,000,000 Seconds Ago?

How Long Would It Take to Walk to China? —Through the Center of the Earth

Shoe Length vs. Height


5. Data Collection and Probability

Super Survey

What Is Your Favorite Subject?

Stars of the NBA

Dice and Probability

Is This Game Fair?

Dinosaurs and Probability

Interactive Web Sites to Make Math/Technology Connections

"Provides the practicing teacher with a treasure trove of activities to build mathematical reasoning and understanding in a way that opens students' eyes to real-world mathematics applications."

Zoma A. Barrett, Math Teacher
Salem Middle School, IN

"Well organized and ideal for a busy teacher. Teachers can select clearly described activities that are appropriate for the students in their classes."

Dawn Brailsford, Math Teacher
Murray Middle School, St. Augustine, FL

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Investigations

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