The focus in primary classrooms on children's literature through the whole-language approach to reading encourages the elimination of artificial divisions among subjects through such natural and desirable mixtures as mathematics and storybooks.
Sarah B. Bush, Judith Albanese, Karen S. Karp and Matthew Karp
Seventh-grade students investigate area, surface area, volume, proportional thinking, number sense, and technology.
Sarah B. Bush and Karen S. Karp
The mathematics found in the popular adolescent book and movie gives students another way to view probability.
Robert N. Ronau and Karen S. Karp
WE HEARD THAT REMARK OVER AND over when we visited a class of sixth graders for a week in a nearby middle school. Through an integrated approach that incorporated literature to define a topic—in this instance, garbage—we linked concepts and activities in mathematics and science. This article shares a strategy for teaching organization, analysis, and representation of data using manipulatives and graphing calculators.
Karen S. Karp and DeAnn Huinker
As teachers in elementary classrooms examine the assessments they use in an effort to link the learning and evaluation process, so, too, must university education professors investigate the use of alternative-assessment techniques.
Sarah B. Bush, Karen S. Karp, Judy Albanese and Fred Dillon
A Super Bowl commercial became the impetus for engaging students in a meaningful data collection project.
Katie Gibbons, Karen S. Karp and Fred Dillon
Edited by Sarah B. Bush
The phenomenon of a plague intrigues students and provides a visual model that demonstrates growth.
Karen S. Karp, Sarah B. Bush and Barbara J. Dougherty
Turn away from overgeneralizations and consider alternative terminology and notation to support student understanding.
Sarah B. Bush, Judith Albanese and Karen S. Karp
Students engage in an activity of predicting, collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data by exploring the frequency of names that occur over three generations.
Karen S. Karp and Robert N. Ronau
Middle school students rank their birthday as being the most important day of the year for them and one that they eagerly anticipate, according to an informal poll. Teachers can capitalize on this interest by engaging them in the mathematical birth-date activities described in this article. Applications and tasks that are relevant to students' lives have been shown to motivate students at the middle school level, according to the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989).