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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 4-5

Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 4-5

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January 2010 | 200 pages | Corwin
Sophisticated medical instruments have provided us with a unique glimpse into the learning brain. As educators, we can take that knowledge and apply it to teaching in our classrooms. With the advantage of brain research, we have been able to develop instructional techniques that facilitate the brain's innate learning capacity.

The more teachers know about how the brain learns, the more instructional options they have. Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 4-5 provides ready-to-use, brain-compatible lessons for mathematics instruction. Each step-by-step lesson includes detailed instructions for the teacher, maths activities, and all the necessary reproducibles. Correlated with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' standards and Focal Points, this classroom resource shows teachers how to apply the principles discussed in Sousa's bestseller, How the Brain Learns Mathematics.

Links to Focal Points and Standards
About the Author
1. Multiplication and Division
The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Party Lists

Meet the Fact Family

Guess-timate Estimates

Point and Play

200 Catch Game

Blocks of Division

Words of Division

Divisibility Dash

Scuba Division

Show the Order

2. Fractions and Decimals
Fraction Friends

Fun With Fractions

Decimal Days

Put the Dot on the Spot

Dollars and Sense

A Portrait of Parts

Grocery Bill Math

Party Planners

Fraction Cooking

Calling All Construction Workers

3. Geometry and Measurement
Detective Angle

Tricky Triangles

Silly Symmetry

Trouble at the Tangram Zoo

Magic Carpets for Sale

Geo Puppet

A Hole in the Roof

From Farm to Factory

Wrapping Up Math

4. Algebra
Simply, Simplify

Weigh to Go!

What's the Score?

Sunken Treasure

5. Data Analysis
Terrific T's

Our Favorite Things

Book Bonanza

Too Many Ants!

Survey Study

Fast Food Comparisons

Parachute Drop

Plot the Treasure

Animal Olympics

Journal Page
Answer Key

"A perfect resource for the standards-based mathematics classroom. Each lesson is simply designed by rich in mathematical content. The real-world connection and use of manipulatives, games, and even items from home will hook the 21st-century learner. As a teacher, I spend a considerable amount of time searching for appropriate lesson ideas. No more! This collection of lessons—across all math standards—provides me with enough resources to enhance my current teaching."

Rachel Hull, Fifth-Grade Teacher
George Washington Elementary School, Eleanor, WV

"A very well-organized resource that will enrich any math curriculum with practical, easy-to-follow activities designed with a variety of learners in mind. I was delighted to see so many 'out of your seat' activities to keep students engaged. The best part is that the author has included quick formative assessments within each activity to check for understanding and gain perspective on each child's math ability at that moment. This is a valuable resource for developing critical thinking skills for our 21st-century learners."

Jennifer Harper, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Cavendish Town Elementary School, Proctorsville, VT

This book has great activities, but I was looking for a book that would help pre-service teachers move toward 4-5 CCSS in Mathematics.

Mrs Sonya Price
Education Department, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
February 26, 2013

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Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412967877