Math Misconceptions: PreK-Grade 5: From Misunderstanding to Deep Understanding

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"In this wonderfully insightful book, Honi, Christine, and Karren not only describe a vast array of perfectly understandable mathematical misconceptions that students have across the elementary curriculum, they also provide numerous practical instructional strategies and activities for helping remediate and "undo" the misconceptions. The classroom vignettes they describe will ring true to everyone who has tried to teach mathematics to young, and not-so-young, children."
-Steven Leinwand

Children enter school filled with all kinds of ideas about numbers, shapes, measuring tools, time, and money-ideas formed from the expressions they hear...the things they see on television...the computer screen...in children's books...all around them. It's no wonder some children develop very interesting and perhaps incorrect ideas about mathematical concepts.

"How can we connect the informal knowledge that students bring to our classrooms with the mathematics program adopted by our school system? Just as important, how do we ensure that the mathematics we are introducing and reinforcing is accurate and will not need to be re-taught in later years?"

Math Misconceptions answers these questions by:

  • identifying the most common errors relative to the five NCTM content strands (number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability)
  • investigating the source of these misunderstandings
  • proposing ways to avoid as well as "undo" misconceptions.

Using classroom vignettes that highlight common misconceptions in each content area, followed by applicable research about the root causes of the confusion, the authors offer numerous instructional ideas and interventions designed to prevent or correct the misconception.

Untangle your students' math misconceptions. This practical resource will help make it all make sense, and raise math achievement in your classroom.

Related Resources:

Activities to Undo Math Misconceptions, Grades PreK-2

Activities to Undo Math Misconceptions, Grades 3-5

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325026138
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 130,466
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Karren Shultz-Ferrell is coauthor of Introduction to Reasoning and Proof (Grades PreK - 2, 3 - 5, and 6 - 8), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. She is an elementary mathematics instructional specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and former classroom teacher. A board representative for the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Karren consults with school systems and presents at state, regional, and national conferences.

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