Math for Elementary Teachers 

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Math for Elementary Teachers Course Outline

Problem Solving

Concepts Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Problem or Exercise?
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Beware of Patterns!
  • Problem Bank
  • Careful Use of Language in Mathematics
  • Explaining Your Work
  • The Last Step

Place Value

Concepts Covered:

  • Dots and Boxes
  • Other Rules
  • Binary Numbers
  • Other Bases
  • Number Systems
  • Even Numbers
  • Problem Bank
  • Exploration

Numbers and Operations

Concepts Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Addition: Dots and Boxes
  • Subtraction: Dots and Boxes
  • Multiplication: Dots and Boxes
  • Division: Dots and Boxes
  • Number Line Model
  • Area Model for Multiplication
  • Properties of Operations
  • Division Explorations
  • Problem Bank


Concepts Covered:

  • Introduction
  • What is a Fraction?
  • The Key Fraction Rule
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • What is a Fraction? Revisited
  • Multiplying Fractions
  • Dividing Fractions: Meaning
  • Dividing Fractions: Invert and Multiply
  • Dividing Fractions: Problems
  • Fractions Involving Zero
  • Problem Bank
  • Egyptian Fractions
  • Algebra Connections
  • What is a Fraction? Part 3

Patterns and Algebraic Thinking

Concepts Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Borders on a Square
  • Careful Use of Language in Mathematics: =
  • Growing Patterns
  • Matching Game
  • Structural and Procedural Algebra

Place Values and Decimals

Concepts Covered:

  • Review of Dots & Boxes Model
  • Decimals
  • x-mals
  • Division and Decimals
  • More x -mals
  • Terminating or Repeating?
  • Matching Game
  • Operations on Decimals
  • Orders of Magnitude


Concepts Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Tangrams
  • Triangles and Quadrilaterals
  • Polygons
  • Platonic Solids
  • Painted Cubes
  • Symmetry
  • Geometry in Art and Science

Voyaging on Hōkūle`a

Concepts Covered:

  • IntroductionHōkūle`aWorldwide VoyageNavigation

About the book

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 


Mathematics for Elementary Teachers will help you to understand elementary mathematics more deeply, gain facility with creating and using mathematical notation, develop a habit of looking for reasons and creating mathematical explanations, and become more comfortable exploring unfamiliar mathematical situations. Throughout the book, you will learn how to learn mathematics on you own by reading, working on problems, and making sense of new ideas on your own and in collaboration with other students in the class.

About the authors:

Senior Contributing Authors

Michelle Manes, University of Hawaii

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