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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades K-1


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Introduction Links to Focal Points and Standards About the Author 1. Whole Numbers Seeing Dots How Many? Number Path Counting Sets More or Less Who's First? Number Slap A Ten Count! Number Jingle! 2. Addition and Subtraction Combining Sets Subtraction Action Spin to Win Take It Away "All Aboard" the Number Line Ready, Set...Add! Fact Family Tree House Math Detective Flip it! Number Grid Let's Go, Domino! Guide to Problem Solving 3. Geometry Shifting Shapes Feel the Shapes Shape Sort Race Fishing for Triangles 3-D Shapes Shape Up Shapes Everywhere The Art of Shapes! Smart Shapes The Shape Museum 4. Measurement Which is Longer? Measure it! Ordering Lengths How Far? Which Holds More? How Long? Measuring With Tens and Ones Going on a Measurement Hunt Comparison Center Tick-Tock at the Clock Shop Before or After? 5. Algebra: Sorting and Patterning Number Patterns What Comes Next? Extending Patterns Pattern Necklaces Sorting Shoes Sort and Classify 6. Data Analysis and Probability Ask Me a Question Way to Vote! Favorite Seasons Roll and Record Heads or Tails Collect and Sort Data Fun with Bar Graphs Likely or Unlikely? Journal Page Answer Key References

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.


"A handy tool for teachers! The activities are clearly laid out with directions that will allow any teacher to implement academically rigorous math activities with our youngest students. It is wonderful to see a book dedicated to promoting strong number sense activities that are brain compatible. The activities presented in this book are fun and engaging for young students. This alternative method of developing number sense is likely to reach more students by focusing on different strategies that will engage the entire brain." -- Rosamaria Murillo, Principal
"This book gives educators the tools necessary to provide students with effective and enjoyable learning experiences. The author offers detailed yet easily applicable lessons that will benefit both teacher and students. Sousa effectively explains the importance of brain-based learning tasks and their role in the area of mathematics. Although the activities in this book are designed to be used with the brain-compatible lesson plan format, the teacher has the ability to choose the areas that best suit his or her classroom style. This book also connects the NCTM standards to each lesson. For the past 25 years, I have taught both kindergarten and first grade. I found Sousa's book an effective as well as an enjoyable means of putting brain-compatible math into practice!" -- Susan Schipper, First-Grade Teacher

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