Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach

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9780130123558: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach

This leading mathematics text for elementary and middle school educators helps you quickly develop a true understanding of mathematical concepts. It integrates rich problem-solving strategies with relevant topics and extensive opportunities for hands-on experience. By progressing from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract, Musser captures the way math is generally taught in elementary schools.

This title will give you all the essentials mathematics teachers need for teaching at the elementary and middle school levels:

  • Highlights algebraic concepts throughout the text and includes additional supporting information.
  • Provides enhanced coverage of order of operations, Z-scores, union of two events, Least Common Multiple, and Greatest Common Factor.
  • Focuses on solid mathematical content in an accessible and appealing way.
  • Offers the largest collection of problems (over 3,000!), worked examples, and problem-solving strategies in any text of its kind.
  • Includes a comprehensive, five-chapter treatment of geometry based on the van Hiele model.

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This leading text covers all the essential mathematics students need for teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. Among its key strengths are its richness in problem- solving strategies, integrity and flow of mathematics, relevance of topics and extensive pedagogy and problem sets. Unlike similar texts that follow a typical "math majors progression," this text follows the progression of elementary school math curricula considered more suitable for elementary teachers. Another noteworthy feature is the text's emphasis on the NCTM standards; not only does it incorporate the standards in problem sets and discussion, it teaches students the relevance of the standards and how they reflect current research in mathematics.

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Key Benefit: This popular volume covers all the essentials for teaching mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels; but, unlike other books on the subject that follow a typical “math major's progression,”), it follows the progression of elementary school math curricula. The book is noted for its richness in problem-solving strategies, integrity and flow of mathematics, relevance of topics, and extensive pedagogy and problem sets, Noteworthy, too, is its emphasis on NCTM standards throughout--in problem sets and in discussions on the relevance of the standards and how they reflect current research in mathematics. Key Topics: Introduction to Problem Solving. Sets, Whole Numbers, and Numeration. Whole Numbers: Operations and Properties. Whole-Number Computation: Mental, Electronic, and Number Theory. Fractions. Decimals, Ratio and Proportion, and Percent. Integers. Rational Numbers and Real Numbers, with an Introduction to Algebra. Statistics. Probability. Geometric Shapes. Measurement. Geometry Using Triangle Congruence and Similarity. Geometry Using Coordinates. Geometry Using Transformations. An Eclectic Approach to Geometry. Technology. Elementary Logic. Clock Arithmetic: A Mathematical System. Features many vignettes and boxes on historical and contemporary figures and events in mathematics, including many women and mathematicians from different cultures. Market: For prospective elementary school mathematics teachers, and for teachers who need a refresher or who want to keep pace with current developments in the field.

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