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Making Math Meaningful to Canadian Students, K-8, 4th Edition

By Marian Small
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ISBN-10: 0176830995
ISBN-13: 9780176830991
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 4th

Now in its fourth edition, Making Math Meaningful continues to provide teachers with insight on how to make mathematics make sense to students. Combining Dr. Marian Small’s wealth of research in Canadian classrooms and practical experience, this resource supports teacher candidates developing a foundation of mathematics and classroom strategies. For teachers digging into mathematical concepts in their own classrooms, it continues to serve as a reference for common student errors, strategies, and additional professional learning resources. Updated to reflect current Canadian curricula across the country, Making Math Meaningful helps Canadian educators embrace mathematics and pass on passion and confidence for problem-solving on to their students.


  • *NEW* NELSONstudy brings course concepts to life with engaging and interactive learning tools, built to support your text. Students easily access NELSONstudy online from any device—no set-up, just success! *NEW* The chapter on assessment has been significantly reorganized to include more attention to formative assessment and feedback. *NEW* Additional coverage on how to organize productive discourse in the math classroom *NEW* Number Talk boxes have been added to chapters focused on numbers, which can be used to initiate short discussions with students to solve a particular math problem. *NEW* Updated lists of Appropriate Children's Books and Selected References help students support various content topics in the classroom and delve deeper into topics of interest as they learn how to teach mathematics. Activities and ideas for teaching mathematics, along with sample Student Resources showing how students typically answer, in order to help teachers understand what they will see in the classroom Examples of Common Errors and Misconceptions for each content area, along with explanations on how to use them Teaching Tips presented throughout the text reflect the kind of advice an experienced teacher would offer. Chapter Problems engage students mathematically and can be used later in their own math classrooms.

Table of Contents

  • Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Instructor Resources Student Ancillaries Chapter 1: How Students Learn Math and What Math We Want Them to Learn Chapter 2: Focusing Instruction on Big Ideas and Mathematical Processes Chapter 3: Assessment and Evaluation Chapter 4: Planning Instruction Chapter 5: A Focus on Problem Solving Chapter 6: A Focus on Communication and Discourse Chapter 7: Early Number Chapter 8: Early Operations Chapter 9: Developing Fact Fluency Chapter 10: Representing Larger Whole Numbers Chapter 11: Estimation and Calculation Strategies with Larger Whole Numbers Chapter 12: Fractions Chapter 13: Decimals Chapter 14: Ratio and Proportion Chapter 15: Extending the Number System to Negative and Irrational Numbers Chapter 16: Patterns and Algebra Chapter 17: 3-D and 2-D Shapes Chapter 18: Location and Movement Chapter 19: The Nature of Measurement with a Focus on Length and Area Chapter 20: Capacity, Volume, Mass, Time, Temperature, and Angles Chapter 21: Data Chapter 22: Probability Index Credits

Author Information

Marian Small

Marian Small is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She has been a professor of mathematics education and worked in the field for close to 45 years. Dr. Small is a regular speaker on K–12 mathematics throughout Canada and around the world. The focus of Dr. Small's professional work has been the development of curriculum and text materials for students of mathematics. She has been an author on many text series at both elementary and secondary levels in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Bhutan. She has produced materials for and been distributed by several ministries of education across the country.