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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

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ISBN: 9781412967853
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