- Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra by Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, and Virgina Bastable.
"How can we better prepare elementary students for algebra? More importantly, how can we help all children, not just those who excel in math, become ready for later instruction? The answer lies not in additional content, but in developing a way of thinking about the mathematics that underlies both arithmetic and algebra."
Published by Heinemann, "Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra invites readers to learn about a crucial component of algebraic thinking: investigating the behavior of the operations.
Nationally-known math educators Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, and Virginia Bastable and a group of collaborating teachers describe how elementary teachers can shape their instruction so that students learn to:
notice and describe consistencies across problems
articulate generalizations about the behavior of the operations
develop mathematical arguments based on representations to explain why such generalizations are or are not true.
Through such work, students become familiar with properties and general rules that underlie computational strategies—including those that form the basis of strategies used in algebra—strengthening their understanding of grade-level content and at the same time preparing them for future studies. Each chapter is illustrated by lively episodes drawn from the classrooms of collaborating teachers in a wide range of settings. These provide examples of posing problems, engaging students in productive discussion, using representations to develop mathematical arguments, and supporting both students with a wide range of learning profiles."
Workshops for Transforming
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- The Common Core State Standards
The authors of Investigations have developed materials to support teachers and schools that use Investigations to implement the Core Standards. These companion materials are available from Pearson. Learn more about Investigations and the Common Core Standards and about these new materials.