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Math Tools, Grades 3–12
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Math Tools, Grades 3–12
60+ Ways to Build Mathematical Practices, Differentiate Instruction, and Increase Student Engagement

Second Edition


August 2012 | 272 pages | Corwin

Common Core + Differentiated Instruction + Student Engagement = Higher Student Achievement

If you're like most math teachers, this is a problem you wrestle with every day. Harvey Silver and his colleagues have updated their best-selling text to provide a solution. With new Common Core–aligned tools and strategies, this second edition of Math Tools, Grades 3–12 is an all-in-one math classroom management resource that will enable you to teach to the Common Core, differentiate instruction, and keep students engaged—all at the same time.

Covering everything from lesson design to math-specific learning styles, the second edition's 60+ tools will enable you to:

  • Work in smarter, more efficient ways with all of your students, no matter the class size or make up
  • Create standards-based lesson plans, tests, and formative assessments 
  • Reach every learner regardless of understanding level or learning style
  • Integrate technology into class time for more engaging math lessons

Add in a Common Core matrix, immediately useable reproducibles, and learning-style charts—and you're fully equipped to make the ambitions of the Common Core Math Standards a reality in your classroom.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Preface: Math Tools: A Cure for the Common Core
 
Introduction: A User's Guide to the Second Edition
 
1. Mastery
Chapter One Matrix

 
Convergence Mastery

 
Fist Lists and Spiders

 
Glossaries

 
Knowledge Cards

 
Mastery Review

 
Mathematical Conventions

 
Mathematical Summaries

 
Memory Box

 
Mental Math War

 
Most Valuable Point (MVP)

 
Practice Makes Perfect

 
Procedural Notes

 
Vocabulary Knowledge Rating (VKR)

 
Vocabulary Organizers

 
What's Wrong?

 
Word Walls

 
 
2. Understanding
Chapter Two Matrix

 
Always-Sometimes-Never(ASN)

 
Compare & Contrast

 
Concept Attainment

 
Essential Question Notes (EQN)

 
Learning From Clues

 
Making Notes

 
Math Rulebook

 
Pattern Finding

 
Precisely Speaking

 
Ps and Qs

 
Show Me

 
Stake Your Claim

 
Support or Refute

 
Thinking Notes

 
Three-Way Tie

 
Which One Doesn't Belong?

 
Yes, But Why?

 
 
3. Self-Expressive
Chapter Three Matrix

 
3-D Viewer: Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical

 
And the Question Is

 
Cinquains

 
Create Your Own

 
Divergent Thinking

 
Group and Label

 
M + M: Math and Metaphors

 
Making Up Is Fun to Do

 
Math Recipe

 
Meaning-Full Math

 
Metaphorical Duels

 
Modeling With Algebra

 
Modeling With Manipulatives

 
Picture = 1,000 Words

 
Vocabulary Stories

 
What If?

 
 
4. Interpersonal
Chapter Four Matrix

 
Attention Monitor

 
Explaining Solutions

 
I Know What I Know

 
Math Review Games

 
No Uncertain Terms

 
Paired Learner

 
Peer Coaching

 
Range Finder

 
Real-World Connections

 
Test Feedback

 
What's Your Favorite?

 
Where in the World?

 
Who's Right?

 
 
5. Mosaic
Chapter Five Matrix

 
Assessment Menu

 
Comprehension Menu

 
Math Media Skills

 
Math Notes

 
MATHEMATICS Writing Frames

 
Task Rotation

 
 
References
 
Index

"I was hooked within the first 30 pages! Ideas were racing through my mind—I'm excited to blog about it and use it in the classroom. Applies to teachers of all ages—a lot of solid explanations for newbies but still full of resources that any teachers can use or modify. Any book that makes me think, and especially think about improving my practice, is definitely a worthwhile investment. Invest in yourself!"

Elissa Miller, High School Math Teacher and Blogger
MissCalculate blog
Key features
  • Provides an in-depth discussion of the different learning styles that students bring to the math classroom
  • Presents five broad categories of instructional tools tailored to meet the needs of students with a range of diverse needs and learning styles
  • Includes 67 ready-to-use math tools within these categories and explains how to use them to support the learning styles
  • Shows how to combine the tools throughout the book to create palettes of differentiated instructional strategies
  • Provides numerous examples showing how to use the tools to teach math content while meeting the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Includes "Formative Assessment Connections" and "TechConnect" sidebars throughout the text to prompt teachers to link the tools with meaningful formative assessment techniques and technology exercises
  • Provides Math Tools Matrices in each chapter to link the math tools with relevant standards , educational research, and instructional objectives

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Preface

Introduction


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