A staff development series that is both a companion to The Eddie Files, and a unique visual library of compelling hands-on lessons showing teachers step-by-step how to deliver lessons on elementary mathematics topics which excite student interest, engage their problem-solving and communication skills and develop computational and reasoning skills.
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The Kay Toliver Files File Box 3 Episodes:
Length and Area - Ms. Toliver has some exciting news for her students: they are getting their own apartments! Of course, it’s all just on paper, but that doesn’t stop students from enthusiastically teaming up to create floor plans that will allow room for all of the construction paper “furniture” they are given.
Patterns - As students learn at the beginning of this class, a pattern is much more than just repetition: it is a rule or a plan for making something. Ms. Toliver’s students find that number patterns can be used to create very intricate and beautiful designs as she prepares them for a unique “paint-by-numbers” activity.
Volume - What does it really mean when you hear that a city had “1 inch of rain” overnight? After a review of volume, students go on to a really fun hands-on activity: pouring “water” into models of various structures and applying proportional reasoning to determine just how much water there would be in 1″ of rain.
The Counting Principle - When Ms. Toliver asks students to determine the probability of selecting a certain type of object from her “secret” bag, they soon realize that they first have to know all of the possibilities. This motivates a study of the “counting principle” as a method of finding all of the possible outcomes of a situation.