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May 26 2013

Math Resources

My TFA placement was in middle school math (grades 7-8), and I continue to teach math and cultural subjects to middle grades students (grades 4-6).  I care deeply about making math meaningful, even when that outlook hasn’t meshed with school and student cultures.  Here are some of the resources I use and recommend:

Free Online Resources
- Montessori albums and resources by Free Montessori (excellent, cohesive, constructivist curriculum — might be particularly applicable for strategies for teaching whole number operations, fractions, and polynomials and for deriving area and volume formulas)
- Problem of the Month by Noyce Foundation (built-in differentiation!) some games
- Tasks from Nrich Math (easily searchable and extensive database of higher-level tasks, solutions, and notes for teachers)
- Games from Nrich Math (strategic games for learning, not games for assessment of skills: explanation, some games, and homepage)
- North Carolina Middle Grades Resources (many self-checking practice activities, see Classroom Strategies/Blackline Masters)
- National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Illuminations (free lessons and activities, also offer memberships for fee)
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM)
- The Cryptoclub Workbook: Using Mathematics to Make and Break Secret Codes (free workbook in pdf, or printed copy for sale, book also for sale)
- Dan Meyer lessons, three-acts, and graphing stories
- Performance tasks, lessons, rubrics, and teacher tools from Inside Mathematics, MARS (under performance assessment), and MAP

Resources for Purchase
- Crossing the River with Dogs spiraled problem-solving text (excellent upper middle school or high school!)
- Hands-on Equations Learning System including verbal problem sets (well worth the investment)
- Marcy Cook number problems and Marcy Cook books
- Formative assessment probes e.g. “Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics” Corwin Press (classroom use and good teacher development)
- “Activities for the Differentiated Classroom” by Gregory and Chapman (short book of activities with a few keepers)
- Magic of Numbers college text (Benedict Gross, Joe Harris)

For Inspiration and Ideas
- Magic of Numbers college text (Benedict Gross, Joe Harris) – again
- books by L.A. fifth-grade educator Rafe Esquith (any, many libraries stock these)
- What’s Math Got to Do with It?  (Jo Boaler)
- 5E Model of Inquiry (engage, explore, explain, extend, evaluate)
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (Angeline Stolle Lillard)
- Teach with Your Strengths (book and assessment) by Gallup Press

Good luck!  Please post any feedback on this resource list and any resources you find helpful (particularly free online resources!).

One day all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

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