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Brain-Compatible Activities for Mathematics, Grades 4-5

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Introduction Links to Focal Points and Standards About the Author 1. Multiplication and Division The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Party Lists Meet the Fact Family Guess-timate Estimates Point and Play 200 Catch Game Blocks of Division Words of Division Divisibility Dash Scuba Division Show the Order 2. Fractions and Decimals Fraction Friends Fun With Fractions Decimal Days Put the Dot on the Spot Dollars and Sense A Portrait of Parts Grocery Bill Math Party Planners Fraction Cooking Calling All Construction Workers 3. Geometry and Measurement Detective Angle Tricky Triangles Silly Symmetry Trouble at the Tangram Zoo Magic Carpets for Sale Geo Puppet A Hole in the Roof From Farm to Factory Wrapping Up Math 4. Algebra Simply, Simplify Weigh to Go! What's the Score? Sunken Treasure 5. Data Analysis Terrific T's Our Favorite Things Book Bonanza Too Many Ants! Survey Study Fast Food Comparisons Parachute Drop Plot the Treasure Animal Olympics Journal Page Answer Key Resources

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, an international consultant in educational neuroscience, has written 16 books for educators and parents on ways of using brain research to improve teaching and learning. He has conducted workshops for more than two hundred thousand educators in hundreds of school districts on brain research and science education at the pre-K to Grade 12 and university levels. He has presented at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Dr. Sousa has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, a master of arts degree in teaching science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught high school science and has served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and at Rutgers University. A past president of the National Staff Development Council (now called Learning Forward), Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published numerous articles in leading educational journals on staff development, science education, and brain research. He has received awards from professional associations, school districts, and Bridgewater State University (Distinguished Alumni Award), and several honorary doctorates for his commitment and contributions to research, staff development, and science education. He has been interviewed on the NBC Today show and on National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.


"A very well-organized resource that will enrich any math curriculum with practical, easy-to-follow activities designed with a variety of learners in mind. I was delighted to see so many 'out of your seat' activities to keep students engaged. The best part is that the author has included quick formative assessments within each activity to check for understanding and gain perspective on each child's math ability at that moment. This is a valuable resource for developing critical thinking skills for our 21st-century learners." -- Jennifer Harper, Fourth-Grade Teacher "A perfect resource for the standards-based mathematics classroom. Each lesson is simply designed by rich in mathematical content. The real-world connection and use of manipulatives, games, and even items from home will hook the 21st-century learner. As a teacher, I spend a considerable amount of time searching for appropriate lesson ideas. No more! This collection of lessons-across all math standards-provides me with enough resources to enhance my current teaching." -- Rachel Hull, Fifth-Grade Teacher

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