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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 4-5

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December 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin
Sophisticated medical instruments have provided us with a unique glimpse into the learning brain. As educators, we can take that knowledge and apply it to teaching in our classrooms. With the advantage of brain research, we have been able to develop instructional techniques that facilitate the brain's innate learning capacity.

The more teachers know about how the brain learns, the more instructional options they have. Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 4-5 provides ready-to-use, brain-compatible lessons for mathematics instruction. Each step-by-step lesson includes detailed instructions for the teacher, maths activities, and all the necessary reproducibles. Correlated with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' standards and Focal Points, this classroom resource shows teachers how to apply the principles discussed in Sousa's bestseller, How the Brain Learns Mathematics.

 
Introduction
 
Links to Focal Points and Standards
 
About the Author
 
1. Multiplication and Division
The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Party Lists

 
Meet the Fact Family

 
Guess-timate Estimates

 
Point and Play

 
200 Catch Game

 
Blocks of Division

 
Words of Division

 
Divisibility Dash

 
Scuba Division

 
Show the Order

 
 
2. Fractions and Decimals
Fraction Friends

 
Fun With Fractions

 
Decimal Days

 
Put the Dot on the Spot

 
Dollars and Sense

 
A Portrait of Parts

 
Grocery Bill Math

 
Party Planners

 
Fraction Cooking

 
Calling All Construction Workers

 
 
3. Geometry and Measurement
Detective Angle

 
Tricky Triangles

 
Silly Symmetry

 
Trouble at the Tangram Zoo

 
Magic Carpets for Sale

 
Geo Puppet

 
A Hole in the Roof

 
From Farm to Factory

 
Wrapping Up Math

 
 
4. Algebra
Simply, Simplify

 
Weigh to Go!

 
What's the Score?

 
Sunken Treasure

 
 
5. Data Analysis
Terrific T's

 
Our Favorite Things

 
Book Bonanza

 
Too Many Ants!

 
Survey Study

 
Fast Food Comparisons

 
Parachute Drop

 
Plot the Treasure

 
Animal Olympics

 
 
Journal Page
 
Answer Key
 
Resources

"A perfect resource for the standards-based mathematics classroom. Each lesson is simply designed by rich in mathematical content. The real-world connection and use of manipulatives, games, and even items from home will hook the 21st-century learner. As a teacher, I spend a considerable amount of time searching for appropriate lesson ideas. No more! This collection of lessons—across all math standards—provides me with enough resources to enhance my current teaching."

Rachel Hull, Fifth-Grade Teacher
George Washington Elementary School, Eleanor, WV

"A very well-organized resource that will enrich any math curriculum with practical, easy-to-follow activities designed with a variety of learners in mind. I was delighted to see so many 'out of your seat' activities to keep students engaged. The best part is that the author has included quick formative assessments within each activity to check for understanding and gain perspective on each child's math ability at that moment. This is a valuable resource for developing critical thinking skills for our 21st-century learners."

Jennifer Harper, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Cavendish Town Elementary School, Proctorsville, VT

This book has great activities, but I was looking for a book that would help pre-service teachers move toward 4-5 CCSS in Mathematics.

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

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