Skip counting around the room (SCATR) is a strategy that promotes numerical fluency and attention to number relationships. Variations of SCATR for students in K'grade 6 are shared.
Andrew M. Tyminski
Student teams battle one another by skip counting by different numbers and switching their counts when the teacher shouts, “Switch!” This game promotes numerical fluency, numerical pattern recognition, and addition/multiplication operations. Postscript items are designed as rich grab-and-go resources that teachers can quickly incorporate into their classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact.
Sarah A. Roller, Elizabeth P. Cunningham, and Katherine Ariemma Marin
Use photographs as a formative assessment tool.
Lyn D. English, Steve Humble, and Victoria E. Barnes
You, too, can design and implement math trails to promote active, meaningful, real-world mathematical learning beyond your classroom walls.
The problem scenario explores analog clocks, a rich source of tasks associated with angles and angle measures. To access the full-size activity sheet, go to http://www.nctm.org/tcm, All Issues. Each month, this section of the Problem Solvers department showcases students' in-depth thinking and discusses the classroom results of using problems presented in previous issues of Teaching Children Mathematics.
Amy Noelle Parks, Tomoko Wakabayashi, and Beth Hardin
Common preschool routines increase opportunities for children to develop important skills.
Candace Joswick, Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama, Holland W. Banse, and Crystal A. Day-Hess
Modify activities according to these principles and suggestions.
Ann H. Wallace, Mary J. White, and Ryan Stone
Observing in Mary White's kindergarten classroom is like watching a beehive: hustle and bustle all around. Children work puzzles, create artwork, build with blocks, read books, and write their own stories.
Jennifer Orr and Jennifer Suh
Teachers share success stories and ideas that stimulate thinking about the effective use of technology in K—grade 6 classrooms. One way to keep young students engaged and interested in practicing counting is to involve them in using cameras. This article explains how first graders capture 100 images, use Windows MovieMaker or PhotoStory to turn the still images into a video, and then narrate a story using precise math vocabulary to explain their mathematical thinking.
Debra Rawlins, Natasha Hernandez, and William Miller
Second graders move from counting by ones to counting equal groups to structuring arrays.