Planting the Seeds of Algebra, 3-5: Explorations for the Upper Elementary Grades

Planting the Seeds of Algebra, 3-5: Explorations for the Upper Elementary Grades

By: Monica M. Neagoy (author)Paperback

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Give your students a foundation of algebra for math success - now and in the future! Algebra is not something to be feared, but something to be embraced with a sense of wonder. Planting the Seeds of Algebra, 3-5, introduces algebra as an accessible way of seeing the world that is necessary to our students' futures. Students and teachers must become friendly with algebraic foundations, as they have increasingly become the gateway to careers in the STEM fields. Monica Neagoy empowers teachers with theoretical and practical ways to introduce Algebra to 3-5 grade students, making vital connections to concepts they will encounter in middle school and beyond. You'll discover *Four explorations to help you weave key algebraic ideas into everyday mathematics *Step-by-step lessons from real classrooms that will guide you in teaching concepts and in establishing their relevance and applicability *New teaching methods that break down difficult algebraic concepts and build a critical foundation for higher math Awaken new awareness and change attitudes by sowing the seeds for a vibrant, useful, and rich experience with mathematics. "While reading this book I experienced the sense of wonder and aha moments alongside the students themselves. This book will move your faculty to new depths of understanding about mathematics and will instill the passion to explore a myriad of algebraic concepts." - Bob Weiman, Director St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School "She's done it again! Monica Neagoy has authored another book that deftly presents important foundations of algebra while celebrating mathematics through carefully crafted explorations, all of which include student and teacher vignettes and comments about the mathematics they have learned and are teaching. Wow. When I read this book I felt like I was in a classroom!" - Francis (Skip) Fennell, McDaniel College Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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Monica Neagoy, international consultant and popular keynote speaker, has a passion for mathematics. The facets of her 25-year mathematics career include teacher professional development, math specialist training, national/international conference speeches, live television courses, video creation and hosting, and live shows including her popular MathMagic show. Whether here or abroad, whether speaking English, French, or Spanish, Monica's life-long goal is to infuse people with a fascination for the wonder of mathematics. Dr. Neagoy began her career teaching mathematics at Georgetown University. Later, she was a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she oversaw national projects. As an independent national mathematics consultant, she has served numerous school districts across the country and notable organizations including the Carnegie Institution of Washington, PBS TeacherLine, MATHCOUNTS, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since 2005, she broadened her mathematics consulting to serve Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, in addition to the United States. Dr. Neagoy has had a parallel career in theatre as actor, choreographer, and stage-director, particularly with the professional LE NEON Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area. Her exposure to many cultures, mastery of several languages, double career in the arts and the sciences, and mindfulness training through yoga practice and teaching provide her with a unique perspective on the learning and teaching of mathematics. Her passions for mathematics and the arts converge in her popular presentation, "The Mathematics of Beauty and the Beauty of Mathematics." Dr. Neagoy combined her love for the arts and the sciences in the creation of innovative mathematics videos series for teachers and students, including Discovering Algebra with Graphing Calculators (Discovery Education), Algebra Nspirations (Media4Math), and Video #7 of Mathematics: What's the Big Idea? titled "Algebra: It Begins in Kindergarten" (Annenberg Learner). Monica was educated in the French school system, grades 1-12, in Asia and the United States. She has a BS in mathematics and philosophy from Georgetown University, an MA in pure mathematics from Catholic University, and a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Maryland.


Foreword by a Mathematics Educator by Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell Foreword by a Mathematician by Dr. Keith Devlin Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction Exploration I. Geometry, Measurement, and Data: An Algebraic Perspective Chapter 1. Circling Circles: The Lesson (Grade 3) Chapter 2. Behind Circling Circles: Algebra Connections Chapter 3. Beyond Circling Circles: More Problems to Explore Exploration II. Patterns and Functions: What's Their Connection to Algebra? Chapter 4. Fancy Fences: The Lesson (Grades 4-5) Chapter 5. Behind Fancy Fences: Algebra Connections Chapter 6. Beyond Fancy Fences: More Problems to Explore Exploration III. Making Sense of Multiplication: The Importance of the Distributive Property Chapter 7. Multiplication Musings: The Lesson (Grades 3-4) Chapter 8. Behind Multiplication Musings: Algebra Connections Chapter 9. Beyond Multiplication Musings: More Problems to Explore Exploration IV. Fundamentals of Rational Numbers: Beyond Part-Whole Relationships Chapter 10. Fractions in Action: From Work With Teachers, Students, and Parents (Grades 3-5) Chapter 11. Final Thoughts Appendix References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/02/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781412996617
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781412996617
  • weight: 703
  • ISBN10: 1412996619

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