Learn how to help culturally diverse and socioeconomically disempowered students use problem posing to reflect their knowledge and gain insight into new knowledge.
Robbie L. Higdon and Amanda G. Sawyer
When implementing STEM activities, such as model rockets blasting off or paper airplanes flying across the room, the mathematical or scientific content can get lost as we focus on the “wow factor.” However, meaningful learning experiences can be implemented anytime by employing the components of the 4E×2 instructional model. In essence, the model promotes students exploring their ideas before constructing an explanation for their concept, allowing the development of deeper understanding and connections with multiple conceptions.
Surface area and volume are explored with this cartoon, also containing an activity sheet.
Jennifer M. Suh, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Kristie Moore, Melissa Green, Heather Jewell, and Iris Rice
Integrating Science Technology Engineering in the Mathematics (iSTEM) is the venue for ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in these fields in K—grade 6 classrooms. This month's department features two different lessons that were planned by a group of teachers and math educators who focused on the concepts of measurement and geometry, interconnected primarily with engineering.
Understanding what students are thinking sometimes requires immediate action. Here are some quick, easy strategies.
Eighth-grade students use a character from Minecraft® to explore surface area and volume, resulting in the creation of a three-dimensional “Cylindrical Steve.”
This highly appropriate cartoon for March explores pi, coupled with an activity sheet.
Mollie H. Appelgate, Christa Jackson, Kari Jurgenson, and Ashley Delaney
Introduce two topics in math, volume and triangle types, by using connections to STEM. Contributors to the iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 6 classrooms.
Jessica F. Shumway
Three days of using building blocks significantly enriched second graders' thinking about multiple dimensions.
Barbara Zorin, Patricia D. Hunsader, and Denisse R. Thompson
Learn how to modify classroom evaluation items to avoid potential difficulties that limit a teacher's insight into students' mathematical understanding.