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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 2-3


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Introduction Links to Focal Points and Standards 1. Base-Ten and Place Value Jumping Jellybeans Hundred Board-O Order Up! Number Neighborhood Stretching Numbers Place Value Pause Place Value Bingo 2. Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction Sum Roll Ball Toss Math Hockey Fact Family Trees 3. Multiplication and Division Tray Arrays Grape Groups Button Fact Families Opposites Attract Show Me the Money! Draw and Divide 4. Fractions Fruity Fractions Pieces of Pizza Treasure Hunt Take a Bigger Bite! Fraction Cookie Bars 5. Measurement Measuring Tools Measure Mania Me and My Shadow Tic-Tac-Time Race for Time! Pour It Out Measurement Scavenger Hunt Measure My Classroom Box It! 6. Geometry Name My Shape Shape Stories Shape-y Shake-y Pattern Block Party Letter Perfect Symmetry We?re Congruent Polygon Art Shape Sort 7. Data Analysis Let It Roll Counting Candy A Day at the Zoo Button Bonanza Weather Watchers Picture Perfect Hot and Cold Eye-Catching Graphs Survey Says Journal Page Answer Key References

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.


"Bravo! All math teachers will find a resource that offers lessons and activities that help them provide meaningful instruction while making mathematics more enjoyable to students. Each lesson utilizes many research-based strategies and are based on NCTM standards for Grades 2 and 3. They give teachers the structure to plan fun-filled, meaningful lessons of their own." -- Dixon D. Van Hook, Math Coach
"An excellent resource for teachers looking for hands-on activities that help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematic concepts. Sousa provides a plethora of activities correlated to the NCTM standards and that follow the structure of an effective lesson design. Whether you are a seasoned teacher looking for activities to add to your repertoire or a new teacher just building your library of resources, this book is an essential planning tool." -- Holly Savoie, Third-Grade Teacher

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