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Ideas at Work: A colorful book to brighten the dog-gone day

(Vol. 3, Issue 4, June 2012) Daniela Giralt at Gunsaulus Elementary, a 2010-11 Early Math Project participant, used the book Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd to help her preschoolers explore the Big Ideas of counting. This could be a great way to make those "Math to World" connections with the younger primary grades....

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Book Ideas: Counting on Caps for Sale

(Vol. 3, Issue 4, June 2012) The award winning classic children’s story Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina is not an especially mathematical story. However, it is one that preschoolers love to act out. Before beginning the dramatization, use discussion to make some "Math to Self" connections. ...

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Good books are good for math

(Vol. 3, Issue 4, June 2012) The Early Mathematics Education Project finds that one sure fire way to warm up early childhood teachers’ attitude towards mathematics is to build math activities and lessons out of the books we all love to read. When we start to sort through books that could be used in this way, three categories emerge....

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Book Ideas: A whopper of a tale!

(Vol. 3, Issue 3, April 2012) Ever exaggerate a good story? The little boy Hugh Thomas sure does in the book A Million Fish... More or Less by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrations by Dena Schutzer. In the book Hugh Thomas goes fishing in a swampy bayou. After listening to the tall tales of his elders, he catches on to the art of embellishing a story....

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Ideas at Work: Control your math fate, estimate!

(Vol. 3, Issue 3, April 2012) Estimation, an important skill for young children to have, can be touched on in many different activities....

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Early Math goes to college

(Vol. 3, Issue 3, April 2012) The Early Math Education Project is doing something it has never done before: it’s going back to college. With funding from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, planning is underway to spread the project’s brand of foundational mathematics to community colleges throughout the Chicago area....

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Technology brings innovative solutions to Innovations

(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) Thanks to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, this year the coaches and teachers of the Early Math Project’s Innovations program have benefited from new mobile technology and an innovative way to use it. ...

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Through the eyes of an early math coach

(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) The coaching experience is an integral part of programming for the Early Mathematics Education Project. "Coaching" means many things, but what sets the project apart from others is its intentional and focused approach. No one knows this more than the coaches who perform this coaching model, and particularly, when they reflect on the first one or two coaching cycles of the year....

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Ideas at Work: Down with naked numbers

(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) All kinds of confusion can result when children are asked to rattle off the numbers from 1 to 10 or 20 or higher without actually counting something. In our learning labs and activities we are working to help teachers find ways to avoid “Naked Numbers” and to help children understand that quantity is an attribute, not a noun....

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Book Idea: The math in dots

(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) Melinda Chum is one of many teachers who have found great ways to do math with Donald Crews' wonderful picture book 10 Black Dots. Children love going through the pages, exploring how 2 black dots form the eyes on a fox or 4 black dots can be seen as the tires on a vehicle....

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