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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 2-3

Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 2-3

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December 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin
Sophisticated medical instruments have provided us with a unique glimpse into the learning brain. As educators, we can take the 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 K-1 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
1. Base-Ten and Place Value
Jumping Jellybeans  
Hundred Board-O  
Order Up!  
Number Neighborhood  
Stretching Numbers  
Place Value Pause  
Place Value Bingo  
2. Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction
Sum Roll  
Ball Toss  
Math Hockey  
Fact Family Trees  
3. Multiplication and Division
Tray Arrays  
Grape Groups  
Button Fact Families  
Opposites Attract  
Show Me the Money!  
Draw and Divide  
4. Fractions
Fruity Fractions  
Pieces of Pizza  
Treasure Hunt  
Take a Bigger Bite!  
Fraction Cookie Bars  
5. Measurement
Measuring Tools  
Measure Mania  
Me and My Shadow  
Race for Time!  
Pour It Out  
Measurement Scavenger Hunt  
Measure My Classroom  
Box It!  
6. Geometry
Name My Shape  
Shape Stories  
Shape-y Shake-y  
Pattern Block Party  
Letter Perfect Symmetry  
We?re Congruent  
Polygon Art  
Shape Sort  
7. Data Analysis
Let It Roll  
Counting Candy  
A Day at the Zoo  
Button Bonanza  
Weather Watchers  
Picture Perfect  
Hot and Cold  
Eye-Catching Graphs  
Survey Says  
Journal Page
Answer Key

"Bravo! All math teachers will find a resource that offers lessons and activities that help them provide meaningful instruction while making mathematics more enjoyable to students. Each lesson utilizes many research-based strategies and are based on NCTM standards for Grades 2 and 3. They give teachers the structure to plan fun-filled, meaningful lessons of their own."

Dixon D. Van Hook, Math Coach
Cross Creek Elementary School, Thomasville, GA

"An excellent resource for teachers looking for hands-on activities that help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematic concepts. Sousa provides a plethora of activities correlated to the NCTM standards and that follow the structure of an effective lesson design. Whether you are a seasoned teacher looking for activities to add to your repertoire or a new teacher just building your library of resources, this book is an essential planning tool."

Holly Savoie, Third-Grade Teacher
Mimosa Park Elementary School, Luling, LA

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ISBN: 9781412967853