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Ideas at Work: Brace for measuring bracelets

(Vol. 3, Issue 1, December 2011) In early November, Erikson Early Math Team members made several presentations at NAEYC's annual conference. In a three-hour session, instructors Rebeca Itzkowich and Mary Hynes-Berry had participants engaged in exploring Big Ideas about measurement as they used both direct and indirect measurements in order to figure out how long a piece of leather would need to be to make a lovely tree “bracelet.”...

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Book Ideas: Measuring with books, blocks, and even penguins

(Vol. 3, Issue 1, December 2011) There are any number of wonderful books that give children very concrete images to show how big creatures are and to make comparisons to their own size. Steve Jenkins' Actual Size and Prehistoric Actual Size have been favorite choices in our past workshops on measurement. However, in last year’s idea book, Laura Miller reported how she and and her preschoolers from Prieto Academy explored linear measurement after studying polar animals. ...

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Ideas at Work: Analyzing data with surveys

(Vol. 2, Issue 6, May 2011) The Idea Book includes a variety of great ways to make surveys and analyzing data meaningful, engaging activities. Heather Duncan did a particularly striking job of explaining how she and her kindergarteners at South Shore Elementary have made collecting data from surveys and discussing them a regular part of their classroom life....

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Book Ideas: Using photobooks for data analysis

(Vol. 2, Issue 6, May 2011) Tana Hoban and Ann Morris are both gifted children’s book authors who combine minimal text with wonderful photos that beg to be pored over again and again. Many of them are organized around ideas that call for mathematizing. ...

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Last workshops of 2010-11 mark an end of an era

(Vol. 2, Issue 6, May 2011) The 2011-12 school year brings big changes for Erikson’s Early Math Project and its work with teachers. Not to worry—the project will continue to serve Chicago-area prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers and schools. What’s changing then? The project is expanding and changing its design and implementation to create a more intensive, long-term impact for teachers in the program....

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Ideas at Work: Three bears sort in a dual language classroom

(Vol. 2, Issue 5, March 2011) Wanda Ocasio of Inter-American School saw the opportunity to use a Three Bears sorting lesson to investigate her preschoolers’ understanding of sorting, as well as explore this Big Idea in the context of a multilingual environment....

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Book Ideas: Wordless books are WONDER-full

(Vol. 2, Issue 5, March 2011) Whether a child’s home language is English, Spanish, or Swahili, wordless books are a great tool for supporting the child (and her family) in developing mathematical thinking and language....

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Poster presentations link first- and second- year Early Math Project teachers

(Vol. 2, Issue 5, March 2011) On February 18th at the fourth core professional development workshop of the year, second-year seminar teachers joined the first-year teachers to showcase poster presentations they created, highlighting innovative ways to integrate math in prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms....

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Working “through” math with dual language learners

(Vol. 2, Issue 5, March 2011) It is tough learning two new languages at once. In the case of dual language learners (DLL), the two “languages” are often English and mathematics. Young children in classrooms where the language of instruction is not their dominant language can have challenges when it comes to learning math language, particularly positional words. ...

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Book Ideas: Sorting it out

(Vol. 2, Issue 4, February 2011) Sorting things into categories is one of the ways mathematics enters into our daily life. At “clean-up time,” children discover that forks and knives belong in one place, plates belong somewhere else, and glasses and cups belong in yet another place. As children and adults talk about what makes one set of things go together and why other things belong elsewhere, they are doing important talking—and thinking. ...

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