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. 8, No. 4, December

About Estimation
The ability to estimate, which is an important aspect of numeracy and number sense, is a higher-order thinking activity, since it involves the selection and employment of a thinking strategy or strategies (e.g., unitizing, chunking, using a referent,...
Building and Using the Amazing Abacus. (A Teacher's Journal)
The abacus has been used for centuries in Asia and is still an essential part of education and commerce in many Asian countries. Abacus is a Latin word that comes from the Greek abax, meaning "table," and possibly from the Hebrew abaq, which means...
Colorful Mathematics. (News from the Net)
Colorful Mathematics, located at www.math.ucalgary.ca/-laf/colorful/ 4colors.html, presents mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills to students in grades K-12 through a series of games that involve graph theory and computer science. The site...
Culture in the Curriculum: Enriching Numeration and Number Operations
Students hear, "Pretend that you live on an island. You have no contact with others. You do not know words or written symbols for numbers. Your task is to develop a numeration system-a method that would allow you to count coconuts or shells, for example."...
Great Garlands. (Problem Solvers)
Heather and Lindsay were planning to decorate their room for the holidays. Their mom gave them a bowl of popcorn, a bowl of cranberries, and a bowl of green peas. From their craft supplies, Heather finds some yarn and a bag of 25 shiny gold beads that...
How Many Marbles in the Jar? Estimation in the Early Grades
The all-too-familiar picture of estimation in the primary-grade classroom involves a jar of marbles. Students are required to make "guesses" and "estimates" related to the quantity of marbles that the jar contains. This article examines the known methods...
Mrs. Whatsit "Socks" It to Probability. (Links to Literature)
A popular topic of discussion among educators is the concept of integrating the curriculum. While literacy educators advocate integration through "writing across the curriculum," mathematics educators expound on the "connections" in mathematics. Connections...
Responses to the Tiles and Sides Problem. (Problem Solvers)
The problem in the December 2000 "Problem Solvers" department was stated as follows: Jeff and Carol were making designs with square tiles. They each had eight tiles. Jeff made the design in figure A, and Carol made the design in figure B. When they...
Second Graders Circumvent Addition and Subtraction Difficulties
At the beginning of the school year, Mrs. Underwood's second graders could work with groups of tens or groups of ones, but they did not consider the relationship between the numerals in the tens and ones places. For example, to add 25 + 19, children...
Using Student Interviews to Guide Classroom Instruction: An Action Research Project. (Research, Reflection, Practice)
During the 1999-2000 school year, the teaching staff, including teachers and instructional assistants, at Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson, Oregon, engaged in an action research project to investigate how student interviews would influence the...
What Is Algebra in Elementary School? (Principles and Standards)
Patterns have long been part of early mathematics experiences. The K--4 Patterns and Relationships Standard in Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989) was replaced in Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM...
Where in the World.? (Math by the Month)
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students. The activities could be used with students individually, in small groups, or as "Problems of the Week." No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves...