Building Proportional Reasoning Across Grades and Math Strands, K–8

Building Proportional Reasoning Across Grades and Math Strands, K–8

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Although proportional reasoning is not formally introduced as a topic in the Common Core and other mathematics curricula until 6th grade, introducing its fundamental ideas in the early grades helps students develop essential skills in ratios, percentages, and other proportional representations when they reach the upper grades. The author takes this complex subject and crafts examples and questions that help teachers see the larger purpose in teaching concepts, such as unitizing, and how that understanding is essential for more complex ideas, such as ratios. Teachers and vertical teams can see how the concepts can build year after year. This new resource by well-known professional developer Marian Small suggests questions that are both interesting for students and useful for providing diagnostic information to teachers. Chapters are organized by grade level (Ka€“8) around the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to help teachers use the resource more easily. Math teachers can use this resource to help students develop a solid foundation for more proficient and more confident work with multiplicative thinking and proportionality. It will also help math coaches as they assist teachers in their transition to teaching mathematics within the more demanding framework of the CCSS. This book will also help preservice teachers and their instructors as they prepare themselves and their students to understand and teach math with a deep level of understanding. a€œOnce again, Marian Small has created an outstanding resource for anyone working with elementary or middle grades mathematics students. With her trademark a€˜good questions to ask, a€™ clear explanations of underlying ideas, and rich activities, Dr. Small gets at the heart of ways to correct often misunderstood and poorly taught concepts of proportional reasoning, starting with the rarely mentioned primary level.a€ a€”Linda Sheffield, Regents Professor Emerita, Northern Kentucky UniversityAsk: Jennifera#39;s moma#39;s bowl held 3 times as much as Amya#39;s moma#39;s bowl. How many liters might each bowl have held? Ask: How ... In 3rd grade, we make a transition to bar graphs where one square represents more than one object. In a senseanbsp;...

Title:Building Proportional Reasoning Across Grades and Math Strands, K–8
Author: Marian Small
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2014-04-15

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