Introduction to Connections: Grades 3-5 (Math Process Standards Series)

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NCTM's Process Standards were designed to support teaching that helps children develop independent, effective mathematical thinking. The books in the Heinemann Math Process Standards Series give every elementary teacher the opportunity to explore each one of the standards in depth. And with language and examples that don't require prior math training to understand, the series offers friendly, reassuring advice to any teacher preparing to embrace the Process Standards.

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NCTM's Process Standards were designed to support teaching that helps children develop independent, effective mathematical thinking. The books in the Heinemann Math Process Standards Series give every elementary teacher the opportunity to explore each one of the standards in depth. And with language and examples that don't require prior math training to understand, the series offers friendly, reassuring advice to any teacher preparing to embrace the Process Standards.

In Introduction to Connections, Honi Bamberger and Christine Oberdorf familiarize you with ways to help students see the relationships between and among mathematical skills and content. They offer an array of entry points for understanding, planning, and teaching, including strategies that help students build upon and link mathematical thinking across units and lessons instead of merely moving on to the next chapter in their textbook. Full of activities that are modifiable for immediate use with students of all levels and written by veteran teachers for teachers of every level of experience, Introduction to Connections highlights the importance of encouraging children to develop understanding and insight by recognizing connections between math concepts while also recommending ways to implement connection-based teaching without rewriting your curriculum.

Best of all, like all the titles in the Math Process Standards Series, Introduction to Connections comes with two powerful tools to help you get started and plan well: a CD-ROM with activities customizable to match your lessons and a correlation guide that helps you match mathematical content with the processes it utilizes.

If your students aren't making connects between mathematical concepts. Or if you're simply looking for new ways to work the connections standard into your curriculum, read, dog-ear, and teach with Introduction to Connections. And if you'd like to learn about any of NCTM's process standards, or if you're looking for new, classroom-tested ways to address them in your math teaching, look no further than Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. You'll find them explained in the most understandable and practical way: from one teacher to another.

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Meet the Author

Susan O'Connell is the coauthor of Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division. She served as editor of Heinemann's popular Math Process Standards series and was the author of its Introduction to Problem Solving and Introduction to Communication books. Sue also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It (Heinemann 2005). Sue O'Connell has years of experience as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, district school improvement specialist, and university PDS coordinator. She is a nationally known speaker and education consultant, providing math professional development for schools and districts across the country.

Honi J. Bamberger is coauthor of Math Misconceptions and Activities to Undo Math Misconceptions, as well as Introduction to Connections (PreK - 2, 3 - 5, and 6 - 8), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. She is a professor in the department of mathematics at Towson University. A former classroom teacher, she is a mathematics education researcher, the author of numerous other books and articles, and a nationally recognized speaker on math education.

Christine Oberdorf is coauthor of Introduction to Connections (PreK-2 and 3-5), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. She is a math content coach with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. She is a board representative for the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics and serves as a consultant for various districts and school systems.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
NCTM Process Standards and Expectations     xi
Introduction to the Connections Process Standard     1
Connections Among the Content Standards     8
Foundation Skills and Varied Components of This Standard     8
Questions for Discussion     22
Mathematical Ideas Interconnect and Build Upon One Another     23
Importance for Student Learning     23
The Teacher's Role     25
Connecting Ideas of Area     28
Developing Multiplicative Reasoning     35
Questions for Discussion     43
Mathematics Connections to Other Disciplines     44
Foundational Skills and Varied Components of This Standard     44
Language Arts and Mathematics     44
Connection with Language Arts     46
Social Studies and Mathematics     53
Science and Mathematics     58
Art and Mathematics     61
Movement/Music and Mathematics     68
Questions for Discussion     71
Mathematics Connections in Everyday Experiences     72
Foundational Skills and Varied Components of This Standard     72
Questions for Discussion     83
Assessment of the Connections Standard     84
Defining Assessment     84
What Is Assessment?     85
Formative or Ongoing Assessment     86
Constructed Response Versus Selected Response Items     93
Concept Maps     94
Portfolios     95
Creating Effective Assessments     96
Monitoring Performance     97
Providing Feedback     98
Summing It Up     99
Questions for Discussion     100
Connections Across the Content Standards     101
Number and Operations     102
Algebra     107
Geometry     110
Measurement     115
Data Analysis and Probability     122
Questions for Discussion     127
Conclusion     129
Resources     132
References     136
About the CD-ROM     138
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    Offers Authentic Mathmatical Tasks with Connections to Real World

    This book includes a good number of rich math tasks that are ready to use for your 3rd-5th grade classroom. Additionally, the accompanying CD-ROM gives you ready-made handouts that can be edited to fit your classroom's unique needs. I especially like how these problems tie to real life - they make the "connections" recommended by the NCTM.

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