Bringing Math Home: A Parent's Guide to Elementary School Math : Games + Activities + Projects

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This book is a collection of fun and meaningful games, activities, discussions, and projects you can do at home that will help teach the NCTM standards. Each of the first five chapters is based on the NCTM Content Standards. Different skills are expected for primary and upper grade students. Therefore, each chapter is divided into a section for pre-kindergarten through second grade skills and a separate section for third through fifth grade skills. The skills for each section are in boldface type. Under each skill, you will find specific games, activities, discussions, or projects that will help you teach it.

For many skills, a Literature Connection is also included. The books listed will help reinforce the skill introduced in the activities. Most are wonderful stories that are great for reading but that also have a mathematical element to them. This is a way to teach two subjects at once: reading and math. For the upper grades, many of the books are more specific to mathematics.

The last five chapters discuss the NCTM Process Standards. The skills for these standards are the same throughout the elementary grades. However, specific applications for these standards are also discussed in separate sections for the primary grades and for the upper elementary grades. Since these skills are what children need to do to apply the Content Standards, examples may be given or references may be made to activities already discussed in the Content chapters.

In the back of the book, you will find three sections that will help you with the various activities. There is a glossary of mathematical terms that are used in this book or that you may find in your child's math textbook. Also included is an appendix with many pages that you can photocopy to help with the activities in the book. Finally, there's a bibliography providing additional resources for more information, some of which are geared toward educators and others which are collections of games that can be played either at home or school. The games, activities, and projects in Bringing Math Home are mathematically challenging, but they will also be enjoyable family activities.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Acknowledgments iii
  • Contents iv
  • Introduction v
  • How to Use This Book vii
  • Content Standards 1
  • 1: Numbers and Operations 3
  • 2: Algebra 35
  • 3: Geometry 57
  • 4: Measurement 97
  • 5: Data Analysis and Probability 129
  • Process Standards 155
  • 6: Problem Solving 157
  • 7: Reasoning and Proof 173
  • 8: Communication 181
  • 9: Connections 189
  • 10: Representation 195
  • Summing It Up 201
  • Appendix 203
  • Glossary 223
  • Bibliography 229
  • Index 230
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