Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 2 resources related to the following standard:
Geometry
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
3. Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

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This 51-page pdf document demonstrates the connections between the CCSS content standards and the mathematical practice standards. It is a compilation of research, standards from several states, instructional strategies, common misconceptions, and examples for each standard at the grade 2 level. It is intended to help teachers understand what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do. Additional flip books are cataloged separately for grades K-1 and 3-5.
Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials
Grade Level: 2
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This web page provides links to resources aligned to the CCSS that guide and support second grade mathematics teaching and learning. Tasks developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS), Problems of the Month, (POM home page is cataloged separately) and videos of public lessons and number talks developed by the Noyce Foundation are included. The tasks were designed to measure students’ ability to solve non-routine problems, explain and justify their solutions, and promote high level thinking skills. They include the scoring rubric, student responses, and discussion of student understanding and misconceptions. Resources are listed for specific grade 2 standards and are also organized by progression for an alternate search route.
Assessment, Instructional Strategy, Problem Set, Reference Materials, Video
Grade Level: 2
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This page hosts a collection of geometric tasks in pdf format that are aligned to the CCSS standards 2.G1 through 2.G3. It also has links to supplementary literature and learning materials.
Activity, Problem Set, Image Set
Grade Level: 2
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This 5-minute professional development video clip shows students engaged in the Common Core Practice Standard #6, as students explore fractions through fraction strips and a game. The learners attend to precision in terms of accurately adding fractions to one exact whole, communicating their ideas clearly, and recording results. Additional resources include a video transcript, teaching tips, and a link to a professional development reflection activity based upon the video.
Instructional Strategy, Video
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4
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This narrative document describes the progression of Geometry across the K-6 grade band. It is informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The document discusses the most important goals for elementary geometry in three categories, namely, geometric shapes and their categories, composing and decomposing geometric shapes, and spatial relations and spatial structuring.
Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource is part of a PD collection
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In this 7-minute video Julia Franklin shows how she teaches equal sharing to her first grade class. Following the class discussion, Franklin assigns students to work with pairs to practice this skill; she differentiates this practice by providing students with three different worksheets that match their skill level. In addition to the video, the three worksheets, and a transcript of the lesson are provided.
Activity, Lesson Plans, Video
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This interactive Java applet helps users explore equivalent fractions through partitioning circles and squares. The applet provides a random fraction and the user creates one or two equivalent representations of that fraction by partitioning and coloring a square (or circle). The applet also plots the fraction on a number line and points from the shape to the number line displaying its equivalent value after the fraction is built. Options include choice of circles or squares, one or two equivalent fractions, and a scoring feature allows users to keep track of the number correct.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
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This interactive Java applet helps users explore equivalent fractions through partitioning circles and squares. The applet provides a random fraction and the user creates one or two equivalent representations of that fraction by partitioning and coloring a square (or circle). The applet also plots the fraction on a number line and points from the shape to the number line displaying its equivalent value while the fraction is being built. Options include choice of circles or squares, one or two equivalent fractions, and a scoring feature allows users to keep track of the number correct.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
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In this interactive activity students practice with fraction halves and quarters while painting a flag. There are four different options for coloring the flag (using halves, using four one-quarters, using three-quarters and one-quarter, and using a half and two one-quarters). The goal is to paint a creative flag using the correct colors and fractions given.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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In this interactive activity the user can practice learning about fraction thirds while painting a creative flag. There are two different coloring options for the flag (using three one-thirds or using two-thirds and one third). The goal is to paint a creative flag using the correct colors and fractions given.
Activity
Grade Level: 2, 3, 4
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