Math Tools, Grades 3–12

Math Tools, Grades 3–12

60+ Ways to Build Mathematical Practices, Differentiate Instruction, and Increase Student Engagement


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© 2012 | 272 pages | Corwin

Common Core + Differentiated Instruction + Student Engagement = Higher Student Achievement

If you're like most math teachers, this is a problem you wrestle with every day. Harvey Silver and his colleagues have updated their best-selling text to provide a solution. With new Common Core–aligned tools and strategies, this second edition of Math Tools, Grades 3–12 is an all-in-one math classroom management resource that will enable you to teach to the Common Core, differentiate instruction, and keep students engaged—all at the same time.

Covering everything from lesson design to math-specific learning styles, the second edition's 60+ tools will enable you to:

  • Work in smarter, more efficient ways with all of your students, no matter the class size or make up
  • Create standards-based lesson plans, tests, and formative assessments 
  • Reach every learner regardless of understanding level or learning style
  • Integrate technology into class time for more engaging math lessons

Add in a Common Core matrix, immediately useable reproducibles, and learning-style charts—and you're fully equipped to make the ambitions of the Common Core Math Standards a reality in your classroom.

About the Authors
Preface: Math Tools: A Cure for the Common Core
Introduction: A User's Guide to the Second Edition
1. Mastery
Chapter One Matrix  
Convergence Mastery  
Fist Lists and Spiders  
Knowledge Cards  
Mastery Review  
Mathematical Conventions  
Mathematical Summaries  
Memory Box  
Mental Math War  
Most Valuable Point (MVP)  
Practice Makes Perfect  
Procedural Notes  
Vocabulary Knowledge Rating (VKR)  
Vocabulary Organizers  
What's Wrong?  
Word Walls  
2. Understanding
Chapter Two Matrix  
Compare & Contrast  
Concept Attainment  
Essential Question Notes (EQN)  
Learning From Clues  
Making Notes  
Math Rulebook  
Pattern Finding  
Precisely Speaking  
Ps and Qs  
Show Me  
Stake Your Claim  
Support or Refute  
Thinking Notes  
Three-Way Tie  
Which One Doesn't Belong?  
Yes, But Why?  
3. Self-Expressive
Chapter Three Matrix  
3-D Viewer: Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical  
And the Question Is  
Create Your Own  
Divergent Thinking  
Group and Label  
M + M: Math and Metaphors  
Making Up Is Fun to Do  
Math Recipe  
Meaning-Full Math  
Metaphorical Duels  
Modeling With Algebra  
Modeling With Manipulatives  
Picture = 1,000 Words  
Vocabulary Stories  
What If?  
4. Interpersonal
Chapter Four Matrix  
Attention Monitor  
Explaining Solutions  
I Know What I Know  
Math Review Games  
No Uncertain Terms  
Paired Learner  
Peer Coaching  
Range Finder  
Real-World Connections  
Test Feedback  
What's Your Favorite?  
Where in the World?  
Who's Right?  
5. Mosaic
Chapter Five Matrix  
Assessment Menu  
Comprehension Menu  
Math Media Skills  
Math Notes  
MATHEMATICS Writing Frames  
Task Rotation  

Sample Materials & Chapters




"I was hooked within the first 30 pages! Ideas were racing through my mind—I'm excited to blog about it and use it in the classroom. Applies to teachers of all ages—a lot of solid explanations for newbies but still full of resources that any teachers can use or modify. Any book that makes me think, and especially think about improving my practice, is definitely a worthwhile investment. Invest in yourself!"

Elissa Miller, High School Math Teacher and Blogger
MissCalculate blog
Key features
  • Provides an in-depth discussion of the different learning styles that students bring to the math classroom
  • Presents five broad categories of instructional tools tailored to meet the needs of students with a range of diverse needs and learning styles
  • Includes 67 ready-to-use math tools within these categories and explains how to use them to support the learning styles
  • Shows how to combine the tools throughout the book to create palettes of differentiated instructional strategies
  • Provides numerous examples showing how to use the tools to teach math content while meeting the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Includes "Formative Assessment Connections" and "TechConnect" sidebars throughout the text to prompt teachers to link the tools with meaningful formative assessment techniques and technology exercises
  • Provides Math Tools Matrices in each chapter to link the math tools with relevant standards , educational research, and instructional objectives

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ISBN: 9781452261393