Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom: Grades K–2 explains how to keep inquiry at the heart of mathematics teaching in the elementary grades. Helping teachers integrate other subjects into the math classroom, this book outlines in-depth tasks, projects and routines to support Project-Based Learning (PBL). Featuring helpful tips for creating PBL units, alongside models and strategies that can be implemented immediately, Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom: Grades K–2 understands that teaching in a project-based environment means using great teaching practices. The authors impart strategies that assist teachers in planning standards-based lessons, encouraging wonder and curiosity, providing a safe environment where mistakes can occur, and giving students opportunities for revision and reflection.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. How to Use This Book 3. Section I: Understanding Project-Based Learning in a Math Classroom 4. Mathematics and PBL–The Perfect Match 5. Experiencing PBL: A Professional Learning Simulation 6. Section II: Designing Inquiry-Based Tasks and PBL Units 7. Creating an Inquiry-Based Task or PBL Unit 8. Math and Literary: Two Sides of the Same Coin 9. Key Teaching Strategies for PBL 10. Section III: Inquiry-Based Tasks and PBL Unit Examples 11. Complete PBL Unit Example 12. Inquiry-Based Task Examples 13. PBL Unit Examples 14. Appendix: Experiencing PBL Handouts 15. Appendix: Complete PBL Unit Example Handouts 16. About the Authors
Telannia Norfar is a mathematics teacher at a public high school in Oklahoma City, OK. She has taught all high school courses including AP Calculus AB for over 15 years. As a former journalist and account manager, Telannia found Project-Based Learning a viable method for teaching worthy mathematical concepts.
Chris Fancher is a retired public school math and engineering teacher living in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every math course, from pre-algebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education as well as being a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering teacher and an instructional coach for Project-Based Learning.