Introducing Difficult Mathematics Topics in the Elementary Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Initial Lessons, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Introducing Difficult Mathematics Topics in the Elementary Classroom

A Teacher’s Guide to Initial Lessons, 1st Edition

By Francis J. Gardella


168 pages

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This exciting text for the pre-service elementary teacher provides hands on mathematics lessons they can use to introduce mathematical concepts and skills that students find particularly challenging. Each chapter is divided into four sections:

  • The Activity employs an engaging thought experiment to help the reader "visit a classroom" to understand how the lesson used to introduce the concept or skill would materialize in the class.
  • The Mathematics provides the necessary mathematical background used in the lesson to make the actual teaching/learning situation comfortable for both the teachers and the learner.
  • The Plan provides the reader with an actual lesson plan to engage the Activity in the classroom setting.
  • Putting It All Together pulls the previous sections together with a summary of the chapter as well as further information for making the lesson successful.
  • By providing models of what excellent lessons on a given topic look like, knowledge of the mathematics involved, and a concrete lesson plan structure this much-needed resource is the definitive mathematics planning vehicle that every teacher will want before they set foot in their own elementary classroom.

    Table of Contents


    1. How Children Learn Mathematics (and Why it Doesn’t Happen!)

    2. Median: Finding What’s in the Middle

    3. Rounding: The Mystery of ‘Rounding up for 5’

    4. Skipping Multiplication (or at Least Through it.)

    5. Learning to Use Division

    6. Fractions: What’s it all About?

    7. Fractions: Adding Unlike Things? Impossible!

    8. Fractions: Dividing into Small Pieces

    9. Decimals: Operations Before Rules

    10. Measurement: Make your Own Ruler

    11. Area: Skipping Through the Rows

    12. Volume: It’s Like Look at an Apartment House …..

    13. Mean: How Much Does Each Get?

    14. Percent: Leveling the Field of Comparison

    15. Order of Operations: An Agreement? Did You Get the Memo?

    About the Author

    Francis J. Gardella is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at Hunter College.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    EDUCATION / General
    EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
    EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics