It's All Connected: The Power of Proportional Reasoning to Understand Mathematics Concepts, Gr. 6–8


It’s All Connected provides teachers of mathematics the support they need to improve their instruction. This in-demand collection of lessons for grades 6–8 explores proportionality, proportional relationships, and proportional reasoning, acknowledging that the ability to reason proportionally is crucial in the middle school mathematics curriculum. The lessons support teachers and students in thinking of proportionality as the big idea that connects across all strands. Each lesson features:

  • Common Core State Standards correlations;
  • connections to the five content strands of middle-school mathematics;
  • engaging themes, from Zapping Zombies to Downloading Music;
  • carefully detailed teaching suggestions;
  • three sets of question types to ask students as they progress through lessons—questions for struggling students, students on task, and students who need extensions;
  • reproducible student recording pages; and
  • “Check for Success” assessment ideas.

Carmen Whitman
304 pages

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Carmen Whitman is a prolific leader in the mathematics field. She has served on NCTM’s Committee for Professional Development, been a featured NCTM speaker ("Middle School Mathematics: Let’s Give It the Attention It Needs"), and is a contributing author to several textbooks, Middle School Mathematics, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. An educator for twenty-six years, Whitman is presently the director of Mathematics for All Consulting. Prior to independent consulting, she was the mathematics program coordinator at the Charles A. Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Her extensive experience started in the classroom—she has worked as a mathematics specialist, a grades 6–8 mathematics teacher, and an elementary teacher. Whitman was supervisor for the Connected Mathematics Project and was recognized as Teacher of the Year (Martin Middle School, Corpus Christi, Texas).
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