Minilessons for Math Practice, Grades K–2
This book for kindergarten through grade 2 classrooms presents an innovative approach to reinforcing young students’ math skills. Designed for use during transition times, these minilessons are easy to implement, require little or no preparation, take only 5 to 15 minutes to teach, and can be used with any math program. The 27 engaging activities help students practice math concepts, skills, and processes by applying them in a variety of problem-solving contexts throughout the school day. Content areas explored include number and operations; algebra; geometry; data analysis and probability; and measurement. Each activity includes an explanation of the mathematics involved, a list of key questions to ask, a brief vignette, and ideas for extending the activity throughout the school year.
This book is part of the Minilessons for Math Practice, Complete Series.
Rusty Bresser and Caren Holtzman
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Reviewed by Patricia Broderick and Allen Raymond. From the January 2007 issue of Teaching PreK–8 Magazine, Norwalk, CT. Reproduced with permission of the publisher, Early Years, Inc., copyright January 2007.
A neat book for grades K–2 can make your classroom math lessons really hum along. Minilessons for Math Practice from Math Solutions Publications is a 159-page gem you’ll use every day. Although designed for use during transition times, these activities take only five to 15 minutes to teach, and can be repeated throughout the school year, so it makes them ideal for individualized activities while still providing for whole class involvement .
The mini-lessons offer experiences in number and operations, algebra, geometry, data analysis and measurement . The format of each of the 27 mini-lessons starts with an overview that explains the math involved, a list of key questions to ask students and a brief vignette of how the activity unfolded in a classroom. Then come the ideas for extending the activity throughout the year. There are also some black lines masters included.
This book is so handy, we can’t imagine a K–2 classroom without it.