Active Learning in the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 5-8, offers teachers a wealth of NCTM-aligned projects and lessons to re-energize mathematics education by engaging all students in rich learning experiences.
Fully developed, ready-to-use lessons help students gain deeper understandings of key concepts, learn to use mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, and communicate and reason mathematically. The revised edition includes current research about effective methods for teaching mathematics, a new chapter that focuses on algebra concepts, 15 new student activities, and streamlined information for teachers preparing to implement the activities.
Hope Martin is an innovative mathematics teacher with over 40 years of experience. Having worked with children in elementary, middle school, and high school, and with teachers in local universities, she is currently a private consultant facilitating workshops across the United States and Canada. Hope, who was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, began her teaching career in Skokie, Illinois and obtained her Masters Degree in Mathematics Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Hope's personal experiences and knowledge of educational learning theories have convinced her that students learn mathematics more effectively when they are active participants and see its relevance to their own lives.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author NCTM Standards Table 1. Investigations: Estimation, Large Numbers, and Numeration Introduction $1,000,000 Long How Many Strides to Walk Around the Earth? Rectangles and Factors Venn Diagrams: LCM and GCF Dessert for a Crowd 5 x 5 Puzzle Cents Chocolate Chip Cookies Music and Fractions Mathematical Palindromes 2. Active Algebra Introduction Patterns, Patterns, Patterns Algebra Jokes The M & M Mystery Algebra Match Inequality Number Line Match Mind Reading or Algebra? 3. Geometry: Our Mathematical Window to the World Introduction Folding a Tangram Making a Tangram Quilt Pentominoes Open-Top Boxes Explorations With Cereal Boxes The Painted Cube Cubes That Grow 4. The Measure of Mathematics Introduction Just How Big Is the Statue of Liberty? Gummi Worms What Happened 1,000,000 Seconds Ago? How Long Would It Take to Walk to China? -Through the Center of the Earth Shoe Length vs. Height EggsCeterea 5. Data Collection and Probability Introduction Super Survey What Is Your Favorite Subject? Stars of the NBA Dice and Probability Is This Game Fair? Dinosaurs and Probability Interactive Web Sites to Make Math/Technology Connections Bibliography