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Math Tools, Grades 3–12
60+ Ways to Build Mathematical Practices, Differentiate Instruction, and Increase Student Engagement

Second Edition

- Harvey F. Silver - Silver Strong & Associates
- John R. Brunsting - Silver Strong & Associates
- Terry Walsh - Silver Strong & Associates
- Edward J. Thomas - Silver Strong & Associates

August 2012 | 272 pages | Corwin

Common Core + Differentiated Instruction + Student Engagement = Higher Student AchievementIf you're like most math teachers, this is a problem you wrestle with every day. Harvey Silver and his colleagues have updated their best-selling text to provide a solution. With new Common Coreûaligned tools and strategies, this second edition of Math Tools, Grades 3û12 is an all-in-one math classroom management resource that will enable you to teach to the Common Core, differentiate instruction, and keep students engagedùall at the same time.Covering everything from lesson design to math-specific learning styles, the second editionÆs 60+ tools will enable you to:Work in smarter, more efficient ways with all of your students, no matter the class size or make upCreate standards-based lesson plans, tests, and formative assessmentsáReach every learner regardless of understanding level or learning styleIntegrate technology into class time for more engaging math lessonsAdd in a Common Core matrix, immediately useable reproducibles, and learning-style chartsùand you're fully equipped to make the ambitions of the Common Core Math Standards a reality in your classroom.

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Preface: Math Tools: A Cure for the Common Core

Introduction: A User's Guide to the Second Edition

1. Mastery

Chapter One Matrix

Convergence Mastery

Fist Lists and Spiders

Glossaries

Knowledge Cards

Mastery Review

Mathematical Conventions

Mathematical Summaries

Memory Box

Mental Math War

Most Valuable Point (MVP)

Practice Makes Perfect

Procedural Notes

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating (VKR)

Vocabulary Organizers

What's Wrong?

Word Walls

2. Understanding

Chapter Two Matrix

Always-Sometimes-Never(ASN)

Compare & Contrast

Concept Attainment

Essential Question Notes (EQN)

Learning From Clues

Making Notes

Math Rulebook

Pattern Finding

Precisely Speaking

Ps and Qs

Show Me

Stake Your Claim

Support or Refute

Thinking Notes

Three-Way Tie

Which One Doesn't Belong?

Yes, But Why?

3. Self-Expressive

Chapter Three Matrix

3-D Viewer: Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical

And the Question Is

Cinquains

Create Your Own

Divergent Thinking

Group and Label

M + M: Math and Metaphors

Making Up Is Fun to Do

Math Recipe

Meaning-Full Math

Metaphorical Duels

Modeling With Algebra

Modeling With Manipulatives

Picture = 1,000 Words

Vocabulary Stories

What If?

4. Interpersonal

Chapter Four Matrix

Attention Monitor

Explaining Solutions

I Know What I Know

Math Review Games

No Uncertain Terms

Paired Learner

Peer Coaching

Range Finder

Real-World Connections

Test Feedback

What's Your Favorite?

Where in the World?

Who's Right?

5. Mosaic

Chapter Five Matrix

Assessment Menu

Comprehension Menu

Math Media Skills

Math Notes

MATHEMATICS Writing Frames

Task Rotation

References

Index

*"I was hooked within the first 30 pages! Ideas were racing through my mind—I'm excited to blog about it and use it in the classroom. Applies to teachers of all ages—a lot of solid explanations for newbies but still full of resources that any teachers can use or modify. Any book that makes me think, and especially think about improving my practice, is definitely a worthwhile investment. Invest in yourself!"*

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