Great news! The T-TAC ODU library has been updated with many new math resources for teachers. Descriptions of the most recent math library additions are below.
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Books Focused On Differentiating Math Instruction
This book guides teachers through five steps to implementing the math workshop model: understanding math workshop, preparing students for math workshop, deciding on a math workshop structure, facilitating math workshop, and reflecting on and refining math workshop.
Are you looking to find a way to reach all of your students every day? Teacher and education blogger, Alex O’Connor, shares his practical, classroom-tested strategies to implement math workshop in the classroom. This book includes everything you need to get math workshop started in your classroom.
With this book, educators will learn how to effectively utilize small-group and whole-group instruction, manipulatives, math warm-ups, and math workshop to engage K-12 students in connecting mathematics to their own lives. This 2nd edition guided math resource provides practical guidance and sample lessons for grade level bands K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Discover how to support students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and clear mathematical communicators. Minds on Mathematics explains the core elements of math workshop and provides detailed strategies for implementing the workshop model.
Books Focused on Building Number Sense
These books focus on the meaning of number sense and provide ideas for visual, counting, quantity, and data routines that can be implemented in 5-10 minutes daily to build numerical literacy.
Designed specifically for pre-kindergarten, this book shows teachers how to use number talks to bring meaning to math for their students. By using 3-5 minute routines, teachers will learn how to engage children in math thinking by presenting different types of models, problems, and questions to support their learning.
Using this book, teachers will learn how to use models, questions, and experiences to support children’s mathematical development. These 5 to 15-minute daily routines are a powerful tool to help students develop computational fluency.
Building upon the nine pivotal understandings for numerical fluency, this book is divided into four segments: 1. Building Understanding of Numerical Literacy 2. Developing Addition and Subtraction Fluency 3. Developing Multiplication and Division Fluency 4. Strategies for Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Fluency. Many classroom activities are woven throughout the chapters.
Books Focused On Math Pedagogy and Instruction
Productive Math Struggle: A 6-Point Action Plan for Fostering Perseverance
This book guides teachers through six specific actions―including valuing, fostering, building, planning, supporting, and reflecting on math struggle, and helps teachers create a game plan for overcoming obstacles by sharing:
- Actionable steps, activities, and tools for implementation
- Instructional tasks representative of each grade level
- Real-world examples showcasing classroom photos and student work
Teaching Student-Centered Math: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
Focusing on specific grade bands, each of these books addresses how to build a student-centered math classroom environment, aligns teaching strategies with each of the five math content strands, describes and gives examples of methods for teaching math conceptually, and provides ideas for engaging families in mathematics.
Math in Practice
Each grade-level book in the Math in Practice series is organized into modules that carefully unpack the specific math content taught at each grade, K–5. Rather than being used in order, teachers can select modules as needed based on their curriculum map, areas of instructional focus, or reteaching needs.
The set includes:
- 13-16 instructional modules that begin with an About the Math section where foundational mathematical ideas, instructional goals, and learning progressions are explored
- Lesson ideas, formative assessment options, and suggested questions for eliciting students’ mathematical thinking
- Extensive teacher notes that support instruction by addressing common misconceptions, differentiation options, and student thinking to look for
- Additional ideas for support and practice, including tasks and center ideas to support students who need repeated exposure or different ways to access and understand a particular concept
Books Focused on Problem Solving
Sure to enhance teachers’ own operation sense, this user-friendly resource, focused on grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8, offers a systematic mathematizing process for students to use when solving word problems. The book gives practice opportunities and dozens of problems to leverage in the classroom and provides specific examples of questions and explorations for all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. The book also demonstrates the use of concrete manipulatives to model problems with dozens of short videos and includes end-of-chapter activities and reflections.
Help students solve word problems with confidence using the bar modeling method. The twenty mini lessons in each grade level book teach students how to use this effective strategy to tackle problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and more. Each lesson comes with four problems that increase in difficulty, along with scaffolded instruction to support all learners.
The word problems in these books, leveled 1-6, are designed to engage students and promote mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills through model drawing. The books can be used by any teacher looking for additional word problems, but they’re especially appropriate for those who utilize model drawing for problem-solving. Because we all know that “practice makes permanent,” you’ll find in these books at least one word problem for every day of the school year, each one intended to reinforce a specific mathematical skill or concept. Solution keys for each book are also available for checkout.
Books Focused On Building Math and Literacy Connections
This practical book includes teaching scenarios modeling the crossover of literacy and math strategies and provides techniques to strengthen students’ grasp of foundational concepts and advance their skills in reasoning and problem-solving.
Focusing on five types of writing in math (exploratory, explanatory, argumentative, creative, and reflective), Why Write in Math Class? offers a variety of ways to integrate writing into the math class. The ideas in this book will help you make connections to what you already know about the teaching of writing within literacy instruction and build on what you’ve learned about the development of classroom communities that support math talk.
These book sets, grouped by math strand, include Level 1,2, and 3 Stuart Murphy Mathstart books as well as activities to connect math concepts to literature. The activity books’ engaging activities offer hands-on experiences to teach students the core topics covered by each MathStart book. The math strands of the book sets are:
- Number and Operations (26 leveled books)
- Measurement (16 leveled books)
- Geometry (5 leveled books)
- Data Analysis and Probability (8 leveled books)
- Algebra (7 leveled books)