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Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Grades K-3 Paperback – June 6, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0205408436 ISBN-10: 0205408435 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (June 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205408435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205408436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The resource math teachers have been waiting for is finally here!

Volume One of the Van de Walle Professional Mathematics Series provides practical guidance along with proven strategies for practicing teachers of kindergarten through grade 3. In addition to many of the popular topics and features from John Van de Walle’s market-leading textbook, Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, this volume offers brand-new material specifically written for the early grades. The expanded grade-specific coverage and unique page design allow readers to quickly and easily locate information to implement in the classroom. Nearly 200 grade-appropriate activities are included. The student-centered, problem-based approach will help students develop real understanding and confidence in mathematics, making this series indispensable for teachers!

  • Big Ideas provide clear and succinct explanations of the most critical concepts in K—3 mathematics.
  • Problem-based activities in every chapter provide numerous engaging tasks to help students develop understanding.
  • Assessment Notes illustrate how assessment can be an integral part of instruction and suggest practical assessment strategies.
  • Expanded Lessons elaborate on one activity from each chapter, providing examples for creating step-by-step lesson plans for classroom implementation.
  • A Companion Website (www.ablongman.com/vandewalleseries) provides access to more than 50 reproducible blackline masters to utilize in the classroom.
  • The NCTM Content Standards are provided for teachers’ reference in the appendix.
About the Authors

John Van de Walle is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a co-author of Scott Foresman—Addison Wesley Mathematics, a K-to-6 textbook series and the author of Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, the best-selling text and resource book on which this series is based.

LouAnn Lovin is a former classroom teacher and is currently an assistant professor in mathematics education at James Madison University, where she teaches mathematics methods and mathematics content courses for Pre-K—8 prospective teachers and is involved in the mathematical professional development of teachers in grades 4—8.

Collect all three volumes in the Van de Walle Professional Mathematics Series! Each volume provides in-depth coverage at specific grade levels. Learn more about the series at www.abprofessionaled.com.

Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Volume One, Grades K-3, 1/e
0-205-40843-5

Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Volume Two, Grades 3-5, 1/e
0-205-40844-3

Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Volume Three, Grades 5-8, 1/e
0-205-41797-3

About the Author

John A. Van de Walle was Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a mathematics education consultant, he regularly worked with students and teachers at the K to 8 level. Van de Walle was the author of the best-selling Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally. He was also the elementary mathematics advisor to the Addison Wesley Math Makes Sense K-8 textbook program. He was well-known for his speaking engagements and workshops, which focus on teaching mathematics via problem solving within a student-centered approach. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A must-have book for all K-3 teachers!
teaching first
They also pack plenty of activity ideas into the book to help you move your students toward becoming mathematically fluent.
Tom Sides
This book is an excellent resource for those teaching mathematics to students in the primary grades.
A. Robinson

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Tom Sides on February 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
If I had to teach Math to young kids on a desert island and could only take one book, this would be the one! John Van de Walle had previously written a college level textbook resource for teaching Math at the Elementary and Middle School levels. It was comprehensive, but way too dense to be teacher friendly.

Someone had a great idea to separate the text into grade level bands and make it more user friendly. Co-written with LouAnn Lovin, the authors introduce the Big Ideas you need to teach to, so that young kids can construct meaning and actually make sense of mathematics. They also pack plenty of activity ideas into the book to help you move your students toward becoming mathematically fluent. A thumbnail guide to the blackline masters used throughout the text is included in an appendix. The full size masters are available gratis online. Get this book!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By teaching first on June 17, 2006
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I am so glad I bought this book. I have been teaching for over 10 years, but I always felt something was missing from my math lessons. This book fills in the gaps.

It explains how kids learn math and the connections that need to be made from one concept to the next. It also has assessments to help determine each student's level of understanding and how they are solving problems.

I can't wait to start trying these activities in the fall. A must-have book for all K-3 teachers!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Evans on November 7, 2006
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I really like this book as a source for conceptual Math activities. I recommend purchasing only 1 either K-2, 3-5, depending on which you think you would use more. They overlap alot.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Giani Crow on November 12, 2010
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So I guess I will be the first to knock this book. I am not saying it isn't good because it is pretty awesome. It has some great theory and can help you get a really deep understanding of how kids come to understand math. The reason I say it is just okay is that to me it is more of a research book not a jump in and do this book which feels like the only thing I have time for at the moment. It has a limited number of activities that span all ranges of K-3 math so when I want to work on counting there is but 1 activity leaving me to create more reasons for counting.
I have heard he supplies a lot of blakcline masters on line, but honestly have not found the time to look at the moment.

I have found that if you are looking for a multitude of activities at your fingertips I would look into Kathy Richardson's series - Developing Number Concepts, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. I feel that they have similar depth to this book, but are much more teacher friendly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LargeMargeSentMe on March 8, 2009
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If you're going back and forth about getting this book--- get it. You won't be disappointed. It has SO much useful information I could replace our whole math curriculum and use this instead. The beginning of the book tells you how to set up a problem-based classroom. When I first started learning how this type of constructivist approach, I always wished that someone would just spell it out for me. How do I do a good job creating a problem-based lesson? It all seemed so fuzzy! This book does that. He explains how to be successful at using 1 big problem as a catalyst to your math instruction that day or week.

The book is then broken up into "big idea" topics and tons of games, activities, and background knowledge are given about developing place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication....

Being the nerd I am, I have carried this book around my school, giddy with excitement as I showed other teachers in my building page after page. Can you tell I just love this book?!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie D. on November 21, 2007
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This book provides a great foundation for math skills grades K-3. I consult this resource for nearly every math lesson I teach. This book supplements what other textbooks take for granted or leave out. I highly recommend this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Follett on March 7, 2006
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Easy to read and understand. Complete math center ideas and teaching strategies. Great easy ideas for differentiation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on August 25, 2006
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This book is an excellent resource for those teaching mathematics to students in the primary grades. The authors provide rationale for concepts taught, games to be played, and templates of materials needed. There is also a website to get additional resources from. My students have enjoyed the games and I have enjoyed using it.
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