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Mindset Mathematics : Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 4 - Jo Boaler

Mindset Mathematics

Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 4

Paperback Published: 30th August 2019
ISBN: 9781119358800
Number Of Pages: 288

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Engage students in mathematics using growth mindset techniques

The most challenging parts of teaching mathematics are engaging students and helping them understand the connections between mathematics concepts. In this volume, you'll find a collection of low floor, high ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas at the first-grade level through visualization, play, and investigation.

During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message—that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student engagement, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that:

  • There is no such thing as a math person - anyone can learn mathematics to high levels.
  • Mistakes, struggle and challenge are the most important times for brain growth.
  • Speed is unimportant in mathematics.
  • Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics.

With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.


Low Floor, High Ceiling Tasks

Youcubed Summer Camp

Memorization versus Conceptual Engagement

Mathematical Thinking, Reasoning, and Convincing

Big Ideas

Structure of the Book

Activities for Building Norms

Encouraging Good Group Work

Paper Folding: Learning to Reason, Convince, and Be Skeptical

Big Idea 1: Seeing Patterns inside Numbers

Visualize: Visualizing Numbers

Play: What Could It Be?

Investigate: How Flexible Is a Number?

Big Idea 2: Building and Designing with Shapes and Angles

Visualize: Tile It!

Play: Those Crazy Rep-Tiles

Investigate: Polyiamonds

Big Idea 3: Making and Naming Number Patterns

Visualize: Finding Fibonacci

Play: Pattern Carnival

Investigate: All Hail!

Big Idea 4: Units Are a Relationship

Visualize: It’s All in the Axes

Play: Measure Up

Investigate: 10,000 Steps

Big Idea 5: Modeling with Unit Fractions

Visualize: Perplexing Measures

Play: Tangram Designs

Investigate: Pixeled Fractions

Big Idea 6: Fraction Equivalence

Visualize: Painting Pieces

Play: Color-Coding Fractions

Investigate: Tiling Rectangles

Big Idea 7: Illustrating Multiplication and Division

Visualize: Visual Proof

Play: Cover the Field

Investigate: Table Patterns

Big Idea 8: Using Operations Flexibly

Visualize: How Crowded Is the Crowd?

Play: Target 20

Investigate: Supply Parade

Big Idea 9: What Is a Decimal?

Visualize: Finding the Better Deal

Play: Decimals on a Line

Investigate: Can You Make It?

About the Authors



ISBN: 9781119358800
ISBN-10: 1119358809
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th August 2019
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 21.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.66

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