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Building Mathematical Thinking

Grades 3–5

By: Marsha Stanton

Building Mathematical Thinkingtakes each concept from the mathematics curriculum for grades 3-6 and breaks it down into a series of small easy-to-grasp increments, called "skinny concepts." Each skinny concept is simple enough that students can discover it on their own or in collaboration with their peers. Completing these short lessons daily gives students a sense of accomplishment.

Students are challenged to think "mathematically" rather than mechanically when they discover, test, and share their own theories. Through active participation in the discovery of several skinny concepts, students learn and understand the larger concepts that constitute the mathematics curriculum. Though manipulatives (such as base ten blocks) are suggested, they are not required to teach the lessons.

A comprehensive Teacher’s Journal for each book includes answers to all exercises in the student journal, a synopsis and sample test for each chapter, and additional examples and activities for classroom use.


Pricing for Building Mathematical Thinking

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Item
Grade Range
Pricing
1–5 6+
Quantity
Subtotal
2551-W1 Building Mathematical Thinking–Student Journal 1
1–5 pricing: 13.50
6+ pricing: 9.45
Building Mathematical Thinking–Student Journal 1

Book 1 is suitable for 3rd graders and covers place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement and metrics, geometry, and organizing information. The chapters are made up of "skinny" (1-2 page) lessons, each introducing a concept that builds on the one taught in the previous lesson. Each lesson begins with an example equation or problem with the steps for completing it written out. Many examples are illustrated for visual reinforcement of the concept. Students are often asked to seek and write down "patterns" or "secrets" they notice in these examples that may help them when they are completing the exercises that follow.

3–3 13.50 9.45
2556-W1 Building Mathematical Thinking–Teacher’s Journal 1
1–5 pricing: 13.50
6+ pricing: —
Building Mathematical Thinking–Teacher’s Journal 1

The Teacher’s Journal for Book 1 begins with an introduction from the author explaining her motivation for the series, and contains suggestions for lesson plans for each of the 11 chapters. Also included are additional examples to supplement those found in the student journal, and sample tests.

3–3 13.50
2552-W1 Building Mathematical Thinking–Student Journal 2
1–5 pricing: 13.50
6+ pricing: 9.45
Building Mathematical Thinking–Student Journal 2

Book 2 is suitable for fourth graders and contains 8 chapters -- place value, fractions, multiplication, division, decimals, geometry, measurement, and probability. The chapters are made up of "skinny" (1-2 page) lessons, each introducing a concept that builds on the one taught in the previous lesson. Each lesson begins with an example equation or problem with the steps for completing it written out. Many examples are illustrated for visual reinforcement of the concept. Students are often asked to seek and write down "patterns" or "secrets" they notice in these examples that may help them when they are completing the exercises that follow.

4–4 13.50 9.45
2557-W1 Building Mathematical Thinking–Teacher’s Journal 2
1–5 pricing: 13.50
6+ pricing: —
Building Mathematical Thinking–Teacher’s Journal 2

The Teacher’s Journal for Book 2 begins with an introduction from the author explaining her motivation for the series, and contains suggestions for lesson plans for each of the 8 chapters. Also included are additional examples to supplement those found in the student journal, and sample tests.

4–4 13.50
2553-W1 Building Mathematical Thinking–Student Journal 3
1–5 pricing: 13.50
6+ pricing: 9.45
Building Mathematical Thinking–Student Journal 3

Book 3 is suitable for fifth graders and covers number theory: primes, composites, multiplication of whole numbers, division of whole numbers, addition and subtraction of fractions, decimals and place value, ratio-intro to percents, measurement and metrics, geometry including solids, multiplication and division of fractions, and multiplication and division of decimals. Each lesson begins with an example equation or problem with the steps for completing it written out. Many examples are illustrated for visual reinforcement of the concept. Students are often asked to seek and write down "patterns" or "secrets" they notice in these examples that may help them when they are completing the exercises that follow.

5–5 13.50 9.45
2558-W1 Building Mathematical Thinking–Teacher’s Journal 3
1–5 pricing: 13.50
6+ pricing: —
Building Mathematical Thinking–Teacher’s Journal 3

The Teacher’s Journal for Book 3 begins with an introduction from the author explaining her motivation for the series, and contains suggestions for lesson plans for each of the chapters. Also included are additional examples to supplement those found in the student journal, and sample tests.

5–5 13.50
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