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Maths in the Making 1 (Ages 6-8)

Creative activities using everyday resources

Author: Ron Smith and Suzanne Peterson

Format: 96 pp book

ISBN: 9781863666923  SCIS No: 1267749

Publisher: Education Services Australia 2006

Audience: Teacher resource

Price: $37.95

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This series offers primary teachers new and creative ways to engage all students with mathematics in a purposeful, active and enjoyable way. The key features of this approach include:

  • a problem-solving focus
  • creative ways to explore and demonstrate mathematical understandings
  • the use of everyday objects
  • promotion of mathematical thinking, questioning and discussion
  • sequenced lessons that enable students to build and consolidate understandings.

There are five activities within each lesson that explore a variety of mathematical concepts. Each activity includes:

  • a brief description of the purpose of the task
  • a list of required materials
  • step-by-step instructions for teaching (including whole class, independent and reflection tasks)
  • a concluding statement of the skills and knowledge covered in the lesson
  • tips for preparing the next lesson
  • student work samples
  • assessment pointers and teaching tips.

In addition to the detailed teaching notes, the books also contain activity sheets and proformas to help structure student thinking, and a range of ready-to-go ideas to help teachers develop further engaging mathematical lessons. Stimulating and hands-on, students and teachers alike will enjoy these creative lessons.

Also available in middle and upper primary levels.

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