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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades K-1

Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades K-1

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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 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, math 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. Whole Numbers
Seeing Dots  
How Many?  
Number Path  
Counting Sets  
More or Less  
Who's First?  
Number Slap  
A Ten Count!  
Number Jingle!  
2. Addition and Subtraction
Combining Sets  
Subtraction Action  
Spin to Win  
Take It Away  
"All Aboard" the Number Line  
Ready, Set...Add!  
Fact Family Tree House  
Math Detective  
Flip it!  
Number Grid  
Let's Go, Domino!  
Guide to Problem Solving  
3. Geometry
Shifting Shapes  
Feel the Shapes  
Shape Sort Race  
Fishing for Triangles  
3-D Shapes  
Shape Up  
Shapes Everywhere  
The Art of Shapes!  
Smart Shapes  
The Shape Museum  
4. Measurement
Which is Longer?  
Measure it!  
Ordering Lengths  
How Far?  
Which Holds More?  
How Long? Measuring With Tens and Ones  
Going on a Measurement Hunt  
Comparison Center  
Tick-Tock at the Clock Shop  
Before or After?  
5. Algebra: Sorting and Patterning
Number Patterns  
What Comes Next?  
Extending Patterns  
Pattern Necklaces  
Sorting Shoes  
Sort and Classify  
6. Data Analysis and Probability
Ask Me a Question  
Way to Vote!  
Favorite Seasons  
Roll and Record  
Heads or Tails  
Collect and Sort Data  
Fun with Bar Graphs  
Likely or Unlikely?  
Journal Page
Answer Key

"A handy tool for teachers! The activities are clearly laid out with directions that will allow any teacher to implement academically rigorous math activities with our youngest students. It is wonderful to see a book dedicated to promoting strong number sense activities that are brain compatible. The activities presented in this book are fun and engaging for young students. This alternative method of developing number sense is likely to reach more students by focusing on different strategies that will engage the entire brain."

Rosamaria Murillo, Principal
Baldwin Lane Elementary School, Sugarloaf, CA

"This book gives educators the tools necessary to provide students with effective and enjoyable learning experiences. The author offers detailed yet easily applicable lessons that will benefit both teacher and students. Sousa effectively explains the importance of brain-based learning tasks and their role in the area of mathematics. Although the activities in this book are designed to be used with the brain-compatible lesson plan format, the teacher has the ability to choose the areas that best suit his or her classroom style. This book also connects the NCTM standards to each lesson. For the past 25 years, I have taught both kindergarten and first grade. I found Sousa’s book an effective as well as an enjoyable means of putting brain-compatible math into practice!"

Susan Schipper, First-Grade Teacher
Charles Street Elementary School, Palmyra, NJ

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ISBN: 9781412967839