Educational Guide/Children's Instructional Story: On My Way to Grandma's House is one volume in a series of educational guides published by Math4Minors, an educational service organization designed to help teachers, Command and Conquer the Math Curriculum. By integrating a simple story with a detailed learning strategy, this series helps build strong foundational skills and a deeper understanding of the math concepts that are embedded in common core and state standards.
At first glance, this story about Lily and her friends seems to focus primarily on the concept of rounding numbers, a standard identified in the Number and Base Ten standards found in grades 3, 4 and 5. However, rather than looking at rounding as an isolated skill, Math MileMarkers uses this opportunity to encourage teachers and children to explore the number line in places they may never have been before. Don't underestimate this simple story, its message reaches far beyond Lily's trip to grandma's and another happy ending.
A Message to Teachers:
It is important for readers to know that the Math MileMarkers series was developed to be an instructional tool and not just a read-aloud story. A
true curriculum companion to any resource, Math MileMarkers adventures help elementary teachers to unfold the learning standards and high-
light key concepts that begin in Kindergarten and connect and resurface through Grade 5 and beyond. Readers should enter these stories asking themselves with each turned page, "What is the math?"
You will notice that the characters and illustrations offer visual supports and conversational prompts that children can relate to. Educators are encouraged to take full advantage of the "math talk" opportunities that surface, stopping often to allow the full message and visual models embedded within, to anchor student learning. Equally important, these stories promote the Standards for Mathematical Practice, which includes problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and making connections.
The educational guide offered at the conclusion of each story streamlines important information about best instructional practices, describes the progression of learning that takes place during the elementary years, and outlines misconceptions students typically voice, with real classroom experiences as a frame of reference.
In order to fully uncover the in-depth understandings called for in today's mathematical world, we connect each story to specific common core standards that outline what students should know or be able to do at each level within a specific topic. If you are not living in a state that embraces the common core standards, we would be happy to provide you with the Math MileMarkers questions aligned to your specific state standards. Simply contact us and provide your name, email address and state of residency firstname.lastname@example.org, or at www.mathmilemark-
ers.com). Be sure to also include the name of the Math MileMarkers book you are exploring.
Thank you for allowing us to be part of your mathematical journey. I hope the Math MileMarkers series helps elevate math learning to a new level in your classroom and makes instructional time for teachers and students more meaningful and fun!
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