Teaching Children Mathematics

Teaching Children Mathematics is a monthly (August through May) journal published and owned by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics whose headquarters are in Reston, Va. It has been published since 1994. Written for mathematics teachers, Teaching Children Mathematics covers mathematics education through the middle grades. This journal provides educators with teaching techniques for mathematics education and focuses on developments in curriculum, instruction, learning and teacher education. Its region is the United States. The February 2006 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics featured an article titled "How Many Days 'til My Birthday? Helping Students Understand Calendar Connections and Concepts." This article described a new approach to instructing kindergarteners about the representation of time through calendars. The October 2010 issue looked at building word problems by using students' own experiences. The journal's regular departments include "Math by the Month" and "From the Classroom." Pamela Halonen is the Editor and Gretchen Mui and Luanne Flom are Contributing Editors.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 5, January

Decoration Delight
The goal of the "Problem Solvers" department is to foster improved communication among teachers by posing one problem each month for K-6 teachers to try with their students. Every teacher can become an author: pose the problem, reflect on students' work,...
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Finding the Number of Cubes in Rectangular Cube Buildings
Elementary school students have considerable difficulty determining the number of cubes that are contained in three-dimensional rectangular buildings like the one shown in figure 1 (Battista and Clements 1996). The reasoning required to complete such...
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Hot Dog Stand: The Works, Gr. 5-Adult
Hot Dog Stand: The Works is a computer simulation in which the user becomes the owner of a hotdog-stand franchise in an arena. Food is sold at various ball games - baseball, football, and soccer - and at concerts. The user's challenge is to reach a computer-generated...
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Junior GigaMath Playground, Ages 4-8, GigaMath Playground, Ages 7-14
Junior GigaMath Playground and GigaMath Playground have an abundance of activities that young children say are "fun and easy." Besides practice rooms for the four operations, both programs have Concentration and Tic-Tac-Toe games available. Tug of War...
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Look Who's Talking
Discourse in a Fourth-Grade Class In recent years John Travolta and Kirstie Alley have starred in several movies titled Look Who's Talking. In these movies, the person who needs to be talking is often not talking; therefore, important ideas and information...
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Mathematics at the Mall
The "Investigations" department recognizes the importance of children's exploring mathematics and, therefore, presents teachers with explorations that will immerse children in doing mathematics as well as enhance their mathematics instruction. These...
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Mathematics for the Twenty-First Century
Education is a process, not just an event. This axiom underlies an important reform movement described by the NCTM's Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989), which presents standards designed to improve mathematics instruction...
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Number Operations from an Algebraic Perspective
A student teacher whom I was observing in a first-grade classroom was concluding a lesson on addition in which one of the addends was 0 and the other, a number up to 5. After the books and materials had been put away, she asked the children to hold up...
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Putting Mathematics into Routine Classroom Tasks: Some Ideas for Teams in Cooperative-Learning Structures
Cooperative learning has become a successful structure in the classroom. Many quality resources exist for implementing this structure. The CIRC (Cooperative Integrated Reading and Comprehension) Language Program (Stevens et al. 1993) is one example....
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.Symmetry in Season
As large, white snowflakes fall outside and stick to the window of the computer room, the fifth-grade mathematics class does not jump up to watch the storm. The reflections and rotations that enliven their computer screens are just as fascinating. During...
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The Art of Mathematics
These activities are designed to appeal directly to students, giving them open-ended questions to engage their intellect. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups. No solutions are suggested so that students may develop the...
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The Process of Assessment Applied to Tessellations
A comprehensive process design, which facilitates the analysis of all events that have an impact on students' mathematical experiences, is outlined in the Assessment Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1995). This process of assessment is held to...
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