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Capturing Thinking on the Talk Frame

Tutita M. Casa

This instructional tool helps students engage in discussions that foster student reasoning, then settle on correct mathematics.

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Pattern-block frenzy

Katie L. Anderson

Teachers share success stories and ideas that stimulate thinking about the effective use of technology in K–grade 6 classrooms. This article describes a set of lessons where sixth graders use virtual pattern blocks to develop proportional reasoning. Students' work with the virtual manipulatives reveals a variety of creative solutions and promotes active engagement. The author suggests that technology is most effective when coupled with worthwhile mathematical tasks and rich classroom discussions.

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A Little Area Challenge: A Sod Story

Perla L. Myers and Colleen N. Pelak

Implement this professional development workshop designed to help teachers excavate the concept of area, uncover misconceptions, and cultivate understanding.

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A Super Way to Soak in Linear Measurement

Terri L. Kurz

After analyzing advertising claims regarding water shooters, students present their findings.

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A foxy loxy and a lallapalagram

Johnnie B. Wilson

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that teaching mathematics should greatly differ from teaching language arts. The subjects are usually scheduled separately in the school day. Classroom teachers at Munich International School in Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany, did not pay much attention to what language means to learning and teaching mathematics—until their geometry students offered language surprises that reminded their teachers how important language is.

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A smorgasbord of assessment options

Kathy A. Bacon

Presented with a variety of palatable, inquiry-based, creative learning choices in geometry, this teacher and her fifth graders found tremendous satisfaction in meeting target goals for reasoning skills and taking important “next steps” in learning.