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Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics, Grades 4–5

Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics, Grades 4–5

December 2010 | 272 pages | Corwin

Strengthen your mathematics lessons through collaborative planning

Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics is a series of comprehensive professional development guides that help teachers investigate how students learn. Grounded in the latest research, this book is one of three volumes focused on grade-appropriate number and operations topics aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The capstone activity of each book guides the group through the co-creation and implementation of a prototype lesson. The teacher teams then evaluate the impact of the lesson on student learning and work together to revise it for maximum effectiveness. Through the process, teachers develop:

  • Deeper content knowledge of important mathematical concepts
  • Improved understanding of how students learn these mathematical ideas
  • A stronger foundation for developing effective lessons and improving instruction
  • Enhanced collaboration skills

Each volume includes a large assortment of reproducible handouts as well as built-in facilitation notes. Teachers will also find helpful resources that address the issue of finding time for school-based professional development and teacher collaboration.

About the Authors
Session 1: Getting Started
Session 2: Learning Landscape
Session 3: Addition and Subtraction With Like and Related Fractions
Session 4: Understanding Equivalent Fractions
Session 5: Problem Solving With Rational Numbers
Session 6: Decimal and Fraction Relationships
Session 7: Comparing and Ordering Decimals and Fractions
Session 8: Mathematical Models: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Session 9: Mathematical Games: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Decimals
Session 10: Understanding Standard Procedures
Session 11: Instruction to Support Fluency With Standard Procedures
Session 12: Designing the Prototype Lesson
Session 13: Discussing Results
Session 14: Reflecting On and Revising the Prototype Lesson

"As our teaching team went through the lesson design process we were amazed at the transformation that took place. It took us out of isolated practice and placed us into a collaborative setting where we could effectively redesign lessons so that student learning was positively impacted."

Marla Ernst, Teacher and Math Coach
Lebanon Community School District, OR

"Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics is a wonderful tool that can easily be adopted by schools or districts looking to improve mathematics instruction and empower their teachers in the process. By providing a combination of mathematical knowledge, pedagogical strategies, and support for learning the new content and implementing it in the classroom, this volume will help groups of teachers work together to reflect on and improve their teaching of mathematics to all young children."

Liza Finkel, Associate Dean
Portland State University, OR

"Helps teachers investigate how students learn, focusing on grade-appropriate math, activities and lesson plans for teacher teams to evaluate student performance. A fine resource  for improving and supplementing education."

James A. Cox, Editor in Chief
The Midwest Book Review, August 2011

"I strongly recommend this book for a professional development program that involves rational numbers for teachers in grades 4-5. A skilled facilitator could use the structure of this book to develop professional development in these other areas."

Christie Perry
Morehead State University, Kentucky
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 17, No. 6, February 2012

The book breaks down the 4-5 Common Core Standards and provide activities for teaching them! Excellent!

Mrs Sonya Price
Education Department, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
February 26, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters


Session 1

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