Math Wise! Over 100 Hands-On Activities that Promote Real Math Understanding

Math Wise! Over 100 Hands-On Activities that Promote Real Math Understanding

Children have different ways of learning, but for many, especially in grade school and junior high, hands-on techniques leave the strongest impressions and make lessons more memorable. When looking for resources to teach math, it's important to find different ways of presenting the same subject matter, especially in the earlier years.

Mathematics is challenging, because even some of the most basic concepts can seem so complex and abstract. Giving children activities that reinforce lessons with hands-on application, gives another dimension to math concepts, from addition and subtraction to geometry. Sometimes seeing something in a book or reading an explanation just isn't enough.

Math Wise! Over 100 Hands-On Activities that Promote Real Math Understanding is a treasury of math-related activities for teachers to use in their classrooms. The book is set up to be as user-friendly as possible, with every activity lesson listed in the table of contents and marked to show what grade levels they are appropriate for as well as the style (concrete/manipulative, pictorial/visual/ and abstract) and format that works best (group, cooperative or independent).

Each activity is clearly outlined with why it's helpful, what you'll need and how to instruct each step. The authors, Jim Overholt and Laurie Kincheloe, also provide you with examples as well as additional suggestions to reuse the activity for a different lesson when appropriate.

Giving children several opportunities to learn the same math concepts in different ways not only increases their understanding, but allows them to find their individual learning styles and methods that will aid them in their academic futures and beyond.