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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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