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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 2-3

Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 2-3

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December 2012 | 200 pages | Corwin
Sophisticated medical instruments have provided us with a unique glimpse into the learning brain. As educators, we can take the knowledge and apply it to teaching in our classrooms. With the advantage of brain research, we have been able to develop instructional techniques that facilitate the brain's innate learning capacity.

The more teachers know about how the brain learns, the more instructional options they have. Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades K-1 provides ready-to-use, brain-compatible lessons for mathematics instruction. Each step-by-step lesson includes detailed instructions for the teacher, maths activities, and all the necessary reproducibles. Correlated with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' standards and Focal Points, this classroom resource shows teachers how to apply the principles discussed in Sousa's bestseller, How the Brain Learns Mathematics.

Links to Focal Points and Standards
1. Base-Ten and Place Value
Jumping Jellybeans

Hundred Board-O

Order Up!

Number Neighborhood

Stretching Numbers

Place Value Pause

Place Value Bingo

2. Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction
Sum Roll

Ball Toss

Math Hockey

Fact Family Trees

3. Multiplication and Division
Tray Arrays

Grape Groups

Button Fact Families

Opposites Attract

Show Me the Money!

Draw and Divide

4. Fractions
Fruity Fractions

Pieces of Pizza

Treasure Hunt

Take a Bigger Bite!

Fraction Cookie Bars

5. Measurement
Measuring Tools

Measure Mania

Me and My Shadow


Race for Time!

Pour It Out

Measurement Scavenger Hunt

Measure My Classroom

Box It!

6. Geometry
Name My Shape

Shape Stories

Shape-y Shake-y

Pattern Block Party

Letter Perfect Symmetry

We?re Congruent

Polygon Art

Shape Sort

7. Data Analysis
Let It Roll

Counting Candy

A Day at the Zoo

Button Bonanza

Weather Watchers

Picture Perfect

Hot and Cold

Eye-Catching Graphs

Survey Says

Journal Page
Answer Key

"Bravo! All math teachers will find a resource that offers lessons and activities that help them provide meaningful instruction while making mathematics more enjoyable to students. Each lesson utilizes many research-based strategies and are based on NCTM standards for Grades 2 and 3. They give teachers the structure to plan fun-filled, meaningful lessons of their own."

Dixon D. Van Hook, Math Coach
Cross Creek Elementary School, Thomasville, GA

"An excellent resource for teachers looking for hands-on activities that help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematic concepts. Sousa provides a plethora of activities correlated to the NCTM standards and that follow the structure of an effective lesson design. Whether you are a seasoned teacher looking for activities to add to your repertoire or a new teacher just building your library of resources, this book is an essential planning tool."

Holly Savoie, Third-Grade Teacher
Mimosa Park Elementary School, Luling, LA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

David Anthony Sousa

DR. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than twenty books that suggest ways educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the preK–12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than two hundred thousand educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the United States, Canada, Europe,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412967853