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. 2, No. 4, December

A Common-Cents Approach to Fractions
Do students really understand what a school's speed-limit sign means? Does the 20 mph speed limit apply every school day, all day long, or does it apply only during the time the children are present in the school yard? Signs can be so confusing! Mathematical...
Adding Taste to Mathematics
To help meet the special needs of my Chapter I mathematics students, those in grades 2-5 who have been identified as performing below grade-level expectations, I implemented a unit on measurement and fractions. This unit included using the computer,...
Counting on Frank
Counting on Frank furnishes students ages 8-12 practice in working on mathematical word problems involving the four basic operations. Although the main program is intended for individual use, some of the games can be played by pairs of students. In...
Graphing from A to Z
The letter Z is in a huff [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED]. Her position in the alphabet and the infrequency with which she is used make her feel disregarded and unloved. She decides to form her own coalition of letters, leaving the English-speaking...
Nominals: Numbers as Names
When students learn about numbers and their applications, they usually learn the distinction between cardinal and ordinal numbers but often miss hearing about nominal numbers. Cardinal numbers describe the quantity of members of a set and answer the...
Nuts about Mathematics
The "Investigations" department recognizes the importance of children's exploring hands-on and minds-on mathematics and, therefore, presents teachers with open-ended explorations to enhance mathematical instruction. These meaningful tasks are designed...
Pause. Prompt and Praise: Cross-Age Tutoring
Brian: You are so smart. I can't believe you are only in first grade. You are already doing multiplication problems. Let's see how you do on this next one. Cynthia: (reads the problem aloud) "Sixteen children are going to the zoo. Four children can...
Perimeter Patterns
The following geometry activity featuring the concept of perimeter was carried out over one week in a fifth-grade class. As the students worked in small groups, they explored mathematics in ways aligned with the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for...
Real World Math, Adventures in Flight
Real World Math, Adventures in Flight is a large set of mathematical problems woven around the themes of airplanes and flight. Designed for students ages 9-12, it can be used by either individuals or small groups. They begin with a "briefing" - an explanation...
Sesame Street: Numbers
Sesame Street: Numbers is an interactive environment for children ages 3-6 to practice basic mathematical skills. The program is designed for individual use but can be used by pairs of children working together. The program opens to the "Sesame Street"...
Who Will Be First?
Ugh was running as fast as he could. His fur-matted feet barely kissed the pebbles beneath. The animal was gaining on him. He slammed his back against a wall of rock. His lungs ached. Sweat erupted from his body like the ancient geysers surrounding him....