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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, 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.

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"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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