Standards for Mathematical Content

Helping All Students Learn Algebra

An eighth-grade algebra teacher talks about how he builds skills necessary for algebra concurrently with the teaching of algebra standards. He describes his method and shares experiences with linear equations that reflect a coherent approach to learning and skill development. The discussed tasks are available.

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A Coherent Algebra Framework

Hung-Hsi Wu, a professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley, discusses the importance of seeing algebra as a whole rather than a collection of isolated facts and shortcuts to be memorized. He goes on to state the topics that would make up a coherent algebra framework as supported by the National Math Advisory Panel.

Featuring: Hung-Hsi Wu, University of California at Berkeley

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Fraction Strip Game: Cover Up

A third-grade teacher uses this game to help students understand unit fractions and equivalences. Students work in pairs, following instructions to play two variations of the game. Making and Using Fraction Strips shows the game in use.

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What Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Fractions

Francis “Skip” Fennell describes the knowledge teachers need to teach fractions effectively, paying special attention to multiple strategies for representing problems involving fractions. He discusses the convergence of curriculum and explores why students and teachers have difficulty with certain fraction concepts.

FEATURING: Francis Fennell, McDaniel College

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Equal Sharing in Grade 1

Watch a teacher guide students through a problem set requiring fair sharing of objects and sets of objects. Using Sharing Cookies Worksheets, she provides differentiated challenges based on students’ skill level.

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