Investigations in Multiplication and Division (Contexts for Learning)

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Building learning around rich, instructionally sound contexts was an overarching goal during the development of the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series. Throughout the series context is used to set the stage for learning. It establishes a terrain that will intrigue children and ignite their imaginations. The contexts are situations children can imagine - either realistic or fictional - that enable them to reflect on what they are doing and apply mathematical thinking to their own world. Contexts for investigations are typically developed with stories and pictures. These are carefully crafted to involve students in meaningful investigations of the big ideas, strategies, and models that shape mathematical thinking.   · The images and texts are engaging and include age-appropriate children using mathematics to solve real-world problems.  · The numbers referenced represent landmark numbers or number relationships that are significant and telling. · The models and metaphors within a context make relationships and strategies more tangible and explicit.   The contexts for the five units in Investigating Multiplication and Division (Grades 3 - 5) are established through 17 vibrant posters (15” x 24”) that meld humor, intrigue, and good math sense. To learn more visit www.contextsforlearning.com  

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Cathy Fosnot is a leading voice in mathematics education. She is Professor Emerita of Education at the City College of New York and the founder of Mathematics in the City, a national center for professional development located at the college. In 2007 she established New Perspectives on Learning to devote her time to speaking around the world, fostering school change through professional learning and support, and producing new resources and materials. Watch Cathy talk about the importance of context in math. Follow Cathy on Twitter @ctfosnot

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