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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 2-3

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November 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin

"All math teachers will find lessons and activities that provide meaningful instruction while making mathematics more enjoyable to students. This book gives teachers the structure to plan appropriate, fun-filled lessons of their own."
—Dixon D. Van Hook, Math Coach
Cross Creek Elementary School, Thomasville, GA

"Provides hands-on activities that follow the structure of effective lesson design. Whether you are a seasoned teacher looking for activities to expand your repertoire or a new teacher building a library of resources, this book is an essential planning tool."
—Holly Savoie, Third-Grade Teacher
Mimosa Park Elementary School, Luling, LA

Imaginative mathematics activities that maximize the brain's learning potential!

Demonstrating instructional principles discussed in David A. Sousa's bestseller, How the Brain Learns Mathematics, this resource provides brain-friendly, ready-to-use mathematics lessons for Grades 2–3. Teachers will find step-by-step guidance and all the necessary reproducibles for mathematics instruction that involves group work, reflection, movement, and visualization. Through activities such as Jumping Jelly Beans, Math Hockey, and Treasure Hunt, young learners will enjoy developing skills connected with number patterns and place value, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, geometry, and more.

Aligned with NCTM standards and focal points, the instructional strategies enhance motivation and content retention, address individual intelligences, and:

  • Promote writing as an important learning tool
  • Use concrete models to make concepts meaningful
  • Connect mathematical ideas to the real world
  • Incorporate graphic organizers to help students organize their thinking
  • Teach creative problem solving

Deepen and revitalize instruction using Sousa's proven brain-compatible approach for helping every student develop self-confidence in mathematics!


 
Introduction
 
Links to Focal Points and Standards
 
1. Base-Ten and Place Value
Jumping Jellybeans

 
Hundred Board-O

 
Order Up!

 
Number Neighborhood

 
Stretching Numbers

 
Place Value Pause

 
Place Value Bingo

 
 
2. Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction
Sum Roll

 
Ball Toss

 
Math Hockey

 
Fact Family Trees

 
 
3. Multiplication and Division
Tray Arrays

 
Grape Groups

 
Button Fact Families

 
Opposites Attract

 
Show Me the Money!

 
Draw and Divide

 
 
4. Fractions
Fruity Fractions

 
Pieces of Pizza

 
Treasure Hunt

 
Take a Bigger Bite!

 
Fraction Cookie Bars

 
 
5. Measurement
Measuring Tools

 
Measure Mania

 
Me and My Shadow

 
Tic-Tac-Time

 
Race for Time!

 
Pour It Out

 
Measurement Scavenger Hunt

 
Measure My Classroom

 
Box It!

 
 
6. Geometry
Name My Shape

 
Shape Stories

 
Shape-y Shake-y

 
Pattern Block Party

 
Letter Perfect Symmetry

 
We?re Congruent

 
Polygon Art

 
Shape Sort

 
 
7. Data Analysis
Let It Roll

 
Counting Candy

 
A Day at the Zoo

 
Button Bonanza

 
Weather Watchers

 
Picture Perfect

 
Hot and Cold

 
Eye-Catching Graphs

 
Survey Says

 
 
Journal Page
 
Answer Key
 
References

"Bravo! All math teachers will find a resource that offers lessons and activities that help them provide meaningful instruction while making mathematics more enjoyable to students. Each lesson utilizes many research-based strategies and are based on NCTM standards for Grades 2 and 3. They give teachers the structure to plan fun-filled, meaningful lessons of their own."

Dixon D. Van Hook, Math Coach
Cross Creek Elementary School, Thomasville, GA

"An excellent resource for teachers looking for hands-on activities that help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematic concepts. Sousa provides a plethora of activities correlated to the NCTM standards and that follow the structure of an effective lesson design. Whether you are a seasoned teacher looking for activities to add to your repertoire or a new teacher just building your library of resources, this book is an essential planning tool."

Holly Savoie, Third-Grade Teacher
Mimosa Park Elementary School, Luling, LA

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Introduction

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781412967853
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