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ISBN-13: 978-0941355766 ISBN-10: 0941355764 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Math Solutions; 3rd edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941355764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941355766
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great resource for teachers. It provides essential information to help teachers understand how children learn mathematics. This book is a nice companion to NCTM s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. It also gives background information and student activities that go hand in hand with Principles and Standards. I read the first edition of Burns s book many years ago, but I still find it to be energizing because it speaks to the soul of teachers who believe that mathematics is more than 2 + 3 = 5. Author Marilyn Burns is synonymous with problem solving. She has been, and continues to be, a leader in the world of mathematics. The book is divided into four parts: Raising the Issues, Problem-Solving Activities in the Strands, Teaching Arithmetic, and Mathematical Discussions. A bibliography, blackline masters, and a list of activities compliment this book. Each part contains a great deal of information and numerous activities for kindergarten through eighth grade. It is a true teacher s resource. Part 1's background information helps readers better understand mathematics education. It is very insightful and makes valuable suggestions for answering tough questions concerning the how of mathematics, such as how mathematics is being taught compared with how it was once taught. Part 3 includes a section on extending multiplication and division that was not in the first edition. Part 4 is entirely new and not to be missed. The activities presented in this book require the students to use the NCTM s Process Standards. Some classic problem-solving activities can be found, such as If a = $.01, b = $.02, . . . , what is the value of your name? and the classic handshake problem. The first-year teacher or the veteran teacher can find this book to be beneficial. The activities are not grade specific because they can be used in different grades. Learning is an ongoing process for both students and teachers, and this book will help both groups learn more about mathematics. I highly recommend it to teachers. --Review by Mary Lou Damjanovich from Teaching Children Mathematics, by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Reprinted with permission from Teaching Children Mathematics.

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Marilyn Burns is a renowned math specialist and has been teaching for more than thirty years. She is the creator of Math Solutions and the author of numerous books and articles.

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Marilyn Burns' 23 years' experience teaching math is found in this great resource book.
Stephen Armstrong
This book takes some of the pressure off of me by giving me ideas, activities, and (really important to me) ways to assess my daughter's understanding of new concepts.
Beulah Jones
It is a great resource with ideas for getting kids interested in math and what questions teachers should ask themselves as they teach.
Jennifer

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Armstrong on February 10, 2004
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Marilyn Burns' 23 years' experience teaching math is found in this great resource book. The first section is organized in NCTM strands: measurement, probability and statistics, geometry, logic, patterns and functions, and number. The second section (a little less than half the book) is about teaching arithmetic: number concepts, place value, addition and subtraction, mulitplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percents. Each concept has whole class lessons, independent activities (menu), and assessing understanding.
This is a teacher resource, not a curriculum book. Burns' approach is half-way in between the two poles of math education: algorithmic math and conceptual math. Her point of view is "practical," with the teacher in mind.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
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This book is required reading for a class I am taking called "Diagnosis and Remediation of Math Learning Disabilities" at Teachers College. This is a very nice book. Sometimes, I think the professors here make us buy too many books, but I have actually read and used this one. It has many fun games and activities for grade K-8. These activities engage their interest and/or make abstract concepts more concrete. I have used the activities as extra-credit projects for my 9th grade math class. Some of the activities are challenging, even for a ninth grader. If you bought only one book for the class, this would be it.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2000
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I just finshed a Marylin Burns week long workshop and was given this books filled with hundred of activities. I was impressed with the high level of math that could be pulled out of what at first impression looked like simple activites. These hands-on lessons required very little prep time and can be used at a variety of grade levels. This is the direction math is heading in our district and this resource is worth every cent.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JBake on September 30, 2004
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I never liked math. I didn't really know how to teach it either. After reading this book, I feel more confident about teaching math and I actually enjoy it. I love this method of instruction and my students love it too. But be careful, after reading this one you will want the other mathsolutions.com publications! Burns rocks!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on February 8, 2008
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I love this book! It is a great resource with ideas for getting kids interested in math and what questions teachers should ask themselves as they teach. It also points out common mistakes students make and their thought processes for getting there. It is divided into sections by mathematical topics and also has dozens of lesson plan ideas, both for full lessons and those quick time-fillers. This is the most reader-friendly textbook I've ever had to read for a class--it's so easy to read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beulah Jones on October 9, 2010
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My daughter is homeschooled . I did o.k. in school--But math for me got alot harder after 5th grade. I really needed a book that would give me info. on not only WHAT to teach but, HOW to teach. This book is going to be such a big help for me. My daughter was in the talented & gifted program at her old school. I want to make sure that she keeps on getting the straight A's that she was getting. This book takes some of the pressure off of me by giving me ideas, activities, and (really important to me) ways to assess my daughter's understanding of new concepts. Because if she doesn't understand it, she will in no way excel. Anyone that homeschools, that didn't get straight A's in math will benefit from this book. I paid $38 for this book and after reading it I would have paid alot more! Marilyn Burns is great!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Perez on January 18, 2009
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Marilyn Burns is spending this portion of her career thinking about intervention strategies. This edition, while not the most recent, still gives teachers the math background necessary to listen to students as they talk and write their way into understanding. Deep understanding of the math is critical for teachers, as well as the notion of a menu of math activities that will allow teachers to assess conceptual understanding, for students to choose math activities that engage them and record their thinking - both for themselves and the teacher. It is all about knowing what the student does with the instruction. We are charged with developing a generation of problem solvers, and this book sits with me every day as I coach teachers in their lesson planning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. M. on March 16, 2009
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A gem that helps students acquire math understanding! Fun games that are easily produced, help children build their own conceptual knowledge of math so they can apply it to real-life situations.

I'd throw out every math text book ever created & use this instead! We'd have a country of children with much stronger math skills!

I use this book a lot in my teaching! It, along with De Walle's book, are my mentors & partners in giving my students conceptual success!
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