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Developing effective fractions instruction for kindergarten through 8th grade: A practice guide

Research
Standards: Math • Reason Abstractly
This practice guide presents five recommendations to help educators improve students? understanding of fractions. It features strategies to develop young children?s understanding of early fraction...

Direct instruction in math word problems: Students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically • Make Sense of Problems
The study investigated the effectiveness of strategy teaching and sequencing practice problems when teaching students with learning disabilities (LD) how to solve word problems. Students were...

Effects of mathematical word problem solving by students at risk or with mild disabilities

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the researchers sought to assess the effectiveness of two instructional strategies, an explicit schema-based strategy and a traditional basal strategy,...

Effects of self-explanation as a metacognitive strategy for solving mathematical word programs

Research
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Reason Abstractly • Construct Viable Arguments • Attend to Precision
The study examined the effects of a metacognitive strategy (i.e., self-explanation) on elementary school students’ ability to solve word problems. Students were assigned to one of three conditions: (...

Explicit instruction in mathematics problem solving

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
This study examined the effectiveness of the explicit translation strategy method that explicitly teaches fourth-graders to translate word story problems into mathematical equation form. The study...

Introduction to Organizing 508 Compliant Slideshow

Slideshow
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Standards: Reason Abstractly
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for Math: Organizing.

Mapping Knowledge: Concept Maps in Early Childhood Education

Article
Graphic organizers such as webs, timelines, Venn diagrams, flowcharts, and concept maps are well known and widely used instructional and learning tools. They help teachers and students not only to...

Organizing: Pairs of Factors

Lesson in Action
Standards: Reason Abstractly
Mr. Rutter’s 6th graders are working on a multiplication unit that focuses on multiples and factors. In this lesson, he will focus on finding greatest common factors to prepare them for the upcoming...

Quick View: Virtual Manipulatives

Quick View
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Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
In the past, most classrooms only had physical manipulatives. Today, more classrooms have improved access to computers and the Internet. As a result, virtual manipulatives are becoming more common....

Research on Math Practices

Bibliography
The PowerUp WHAT WORKS Team at the Center for Technology Implementation, has conducted extensive reviews of the literature on mathematics teaching and learning. View our bibliography for a collection...

Thinking Allowed: Helping Students Organize Out Loud to Solve Math Problems

Tools and Templates
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Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Make Use of Structure
Finding and understanding patterns is crucial to mathematical thinking and problem solving. It is easier for students to understand patterns when they organize their information. Struggling students...

UDL Guidelines -- Guideline 3: Provide options for comprehension

Tools and Templates
Standards: Model with Mathematics • Make Use of Structure
Constructing knowledge from information is an active process that requires teachers to provide scaffolds to ensure all learners have access to knowledge. UDL Guideline 3 provides information,...

Using PowerUp for PD: Organizing

Professional Development Support Material
Standards: Reason Abstractly
Find general directions, suggested activities, and support materials/activities for the Slide Show, Teach with Tech, and the Lessons in Action to use in your professional development.