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. 7, No. 4, December

Adventures with Sir Cumference: Standard Shapes and Nonstandard Units
Cindy Neuschwander, author of Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure (1997), commented on her work for this article: I wrote Sir Cumference and the First Round Table to help make abstract mathematical terms and ideas more concrete...
A Game Involving Fraction Squares
Fractions are a major area of concept and skill study in elementary school mathematics. The game in this article helps students practice many of these concepts and skills in a motivational and informal setting. The major concepts covered by this game...
Fifth-Grade Students Experience Careers That Use Mathematics
What are some careers that use mathematics? How can we give our students a taste of how mathematics is used in those careers? This article describes how classroom teachers Kathryn Polley, Colleen Godwin, and Saundra Sweeney and the authors worked together...
Fractions: What Happens between Kindergarten and the Army?
Why is it that many adults, even after years of schooling, still do not understand some mathematics topics, such as fractions? Those who enter continuing education programs, for instance in the armed services, often specify fractions as an area of...
It's about Time
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups. No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves as the mathematical authority,...
Learning Geometry and a New Language
The world of geometry has a language of its own. Although most of our students learn the label names for several two-dimensional shapes from childrens' television shows, they still need to understand geometric concepts, recognize opportunities for...
Patterns for Giving Change and Using Mental Mathematics
For some of my third-grade students, giving change was difficult because the standard procedure of counting forward is labor intensive. By the time these students counted forward to the dollar amount, they forgot the change that was due. They repeated...
Picture This: Second Graders "See" Symmetry and Reflection
At Hollingsworth East Elementary School in Eaton, Ohio, students in grades K-2 get excited about walking through a certain hallway on their way to the playground for recess. As I approached this place of attraction, I smiled because I, too, had to...
Preschoolers' Mathematical Reading
Preschool children sometimes like to read books. They go to the reading area; select a book, per haps one that the teacher has recently read to the group; and proceed to read it. Of course, they can almost never sound out or recognize individual words....
Problem Solvers
Tiles and Sides 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. Pose the problem, reflect on your students' work, analyze...
Readers' Exchange
Toy Sale! The first grades at Trumansburg Elementary School had a tag sale as the culminating activity of their unit on money. Each child brought from home a small toy that was no longer wanted. The toys were placed in clear bags and priced at twenty-five...
The Shape of Fairness
Shape and form are often used as mathematical models of situations. For example, teachers explain that light travels in a line or that the shadow cast by a person is related by similar triangles to that cast by a flagpole. Yet despite the common use...