Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Algebra in the Pre-K-2 Curriculum? Billy Goats and Bears Give Us the Answer

In this article from the “Early Childhood Corner,” author Portia Elliott describes how children’s literature can be used to incorporate foundations of algebraic thinking into the curriculum. Specific stories are used to illustrate strategies that teachers can use to support students’ early understanding of algebraic structures.

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The Polar Express to Early Algebraic Thinking

In this article from the “Links to Literature” department of Teaching Children Mathematics, the authors describe how primary grade children begin to develop the foundations of algebraic thinking. Debra Johanning, William B. Weber Jr. , Christine Heidt , Marian Pearce, and Karen Horner explain how they used “The Polar Express” to construct a cross-disciplinary lesson in which the mathematics builds capacity for numerical pattern recognition using function tables.

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Number Concepts and Special Needs Students: The Power of Ten-Frame Tiles

The author, Christine Losq, explains why 10-frame tiles offer an effective alternative to base-10 blocks for teaching place value. The article, from TCM, describes how teachers can use the 10-frame model to help children develop understanding of number and place value concepts and skill with computation that is effective not only with special needs students, but with all students.

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Balloon Blast Activity

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Airlines Builder

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Creating Numerical Scales for Measuring Tools

In this article from the NCTM journal Teaching Children Mathematics, authors Sharon Young and Robbin O’Leary describe activities used to help students understand the development and use of measuring tools. The tools include both a non-standard and inch ruler, a jar for measuring capacity, and a scale for measuring temperature.

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