Please give me some help with interpreting the "Scope and Sequence Chart" in the Teacher's Manual for Grade 3.
Scaffolding is an excellent tool to use in reading as well as in math. The Color Coded Multiplication program uses a lot of scaffolding to help solidify memories of the multiplication facts. Color Cues, visual aids, whole-part-whole, riddles with clues are some scaffolds used, to name a few. Even our games are scaffolded! Scaffolds are eventually removed to help the progression of learning.
Included in this post is a great article about scaffolding once published in Edutopia.
Color is the CCM's "secret weapon". Read more about how color helps one to memorize the multiplication facts.
Students who had the basic math facts memorized did better on the PSAT's than those who did not have the basic math facts memorized. We need to give more attention to teaching these. Balance out math programs with BOTH conceptual and foundational skills.
Not having automaticity in recalling basic math facts could be a real obstacle in solving fraction problems or higher math problems. Try these excercises that are set up in a unique way so that you may experience problem solving without this foundational knowledge. Adults and children are invited to participate.It's pretty eye-opening!
Don't waste old newspapers that can be used as perfect painting sheets.
What is truly the predicament of today's math? See if you can figure out the puzzle.
Here's how to help children reach their maximum potential in math. Teach a balanced program using the most effective traditional and reform practices. The "best of both worlds" will enable children to develop fundamental and procedural skills as well as inquiry based thinking and number sense.
View this video for a demonstration of basic math done with traditional algorithms and with "new, progressive" strategies. Take a close look at the way math is being taught in many schools today. You'll understand why their math homework seems "foreign" to you. At least you will be able to take the mystery out of some of the math homework!