Publication Date: December 13, 2013
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics challenges students to become mathematical thinkers, not just mathematical “doers.” In her new resource, professional developer Marian Small shows teachers how to uncomplicate the teaching of fractions by focusing on the most important fraction ideas that students need to grasp. The book is organized by grade level beginning with Grade 1, where the first relevant standard is found in the geometry domain, and ending with Grade 7, where the focus is on operations with rational numbers and proportional thinking. In each section the relevant standard is presented, followed by a discussion of important underlying ideas associated with that standard, as well as some thoughtful, concept-based questions that can be used for classroom instruction, practice, or assessment. Underlying ideas include:
This accessible book provides math teachers with support for differentiated instruction. Math coaches can use it to assist teachers with their transition to the Common Core State Standards. All teachers will find it helpful to see the mathematical fraction learning that precedes and follows the grades that they teach. It is also an excellent text for preservice teachers as they prepare themselves and their students to understand and teach math with a deep level of understanding.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Visit Marian Small’s website onetwoinfinity.ca for in-person and online professional development.
Marian Small is the former dean of education at the University of New Brunswick, a longtime professor of mathematics education, and a bestselling author of Good Questions, Second Edition, More Good Questions, and Eyes on Math. Visit her website onetwoinfinity.ca for in-person and online professional development.
“A must have for instructional coaches, supervisors, and teachers.”
—Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
“A must-have for all math coaches and every K–7 teacher!”
—Ruth Harbin Miles, board of directors, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
“I recommend this book for everyone teaching fractions.”
—Carol Findell, professor emeritus, Boston University