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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades K-1

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December 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin

"These activities are clearly laid out with directions for implementing academically rigorous math activities with our youngest students. The book's alternative method of developing number sense is likely to reach more students by focusing on different strategies that will engage the entire brain."
—Rosamaria Murillo, Principal
Baldwin Lane Elementary School, Sugarloaf, CA

"Offering detailed yet easily applicable lessons that will benefit both teacher and students, Sousa clearly explains the importance of brain-based learning tasks and their role in the area of mathematics. As one who has taught kindergarten and first grade for 25 years, I found the book an effective, enjoyable means of putting brain-compatible math into practice!"
—Susan Schipper, First-Grade Teacher
Charles Street Elementary School, Palmyra, NJ

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 K–1. Teachers will find step-by-step guidance and all the necessary reproducibles for mathematics instruction that involves partners, group work, and class movement. Through activities such as Number Jingle and Math Detective, young learners will enjoy developing skills connected with whole numbers, addition and subtraction, geometrical shapes, measurement, number patterns, 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 child develop self-confidence in mathematics!


 
Introduction
 
Links to Focal Points and Standards
 
About the Author
 
1. Whole Numbers
Seeing Dots

 
How Many?

 
Number Path

 
Counting Sets

 
More or Less

 
Who's First?

 
Number Slap

 
A Ten Count!

 
Number Jingle!

 
 
2. Addition and Subtraction
Combining Sets

 
Subtraction Action

 
Spin to Win

 
Take It Away

 
"All Aboard" the Number Line

 
Ready, Set...Add!

 
Fact Family Tree House

 
Math Detective

 
Flip it!

 
Number Grid

 
Let's Go, Domino!

 
Guide to Problem Solving

 
 
3. Geometry
Shifting Shapes

 
Feel the Shapes

 
Shape Sort Race

 
Fishing for Triangles

 
3-D Shapes

 
Shape Up

 
Shapes Everywhere

 
The Art of Shapes!

 
Smart Shapes

 
The Shape Museum

 
 
4. Measurement
Which is Longer?

 
Measure it!

 
Ordering Lengths

 
How Far?

 
Which Holds More?

 
How Long? Measuring With Tens and Ones

 
Going on a Measurement Hunt

 
Comparison Center

 
Tick-Tock at the Clock Shop

 
Before or After?

 
 
5. Algebra: Sorting and Patterning
Number Patterns

 
What Comes Next?

 
Extending Patterns

 
Pattern Necklaces

 
Sorting Shoes

 
Sort and Classify

 
 
6. Data Analysis and Probability
Ask Me a Question

 
Way to Vote!

 
Favorite Seasons

 
Roll and Record

 
Heads or Tails

 
Collect and Sort Data

 
Fun with Bar Graphs

 
Likely or Unlikely?

 
 
Journal Page
 
Answer Key
 
References

"A handy tool for teachers! The activities are clearly laid out with directions that will allow any teacher to implement academically rigorous math activities with our youngest students. It is wonderful to see a book dedicated to promoting strong number sense activities that are brain compatible. The activities presented in this book are fun and engaging for young students. This alternative method of developing number sense is likely to reach more students by focusing on different strategies that will engage the entire brain."

Rosamaria Murillo, Principal
Baldwin Lane Elementary School, Sugarloaf, CA

"This book gives educators the tools necessary to provide students with effective and enjoyable learning experiences. The author offers detailed yet easily applicable lessons that will benefit both teacher and students. Sousa effectively explains the importance of brain-based learning tasks and their role in the area of mathematics. Although the activities in this book are designed to be used with the brain-compatible lesson plan format, the teacher has the ability to choose the areas that best suit his or her classroom style. This book also connects the NCTM standards to each lesson. For the past 25 years, I have taught both kindergarten and first grade. I found Sousa’s book an effective as well as an enjoyable means of putting brain-compatible math into practice!"

Susan Schipper, First-Grade Teacher
Charles Street Elementary School, Palmyra, NJ

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781412967839
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