# Activities Manual to Accompany Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

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The goal of this text is to provide prospective elementary teachers with a deep understanding of the mathematics they will be called on to teach. Through a careful, mathematically precise development of concepts, this text asks that students go beyond simply knowing how to carry out mathematical procedures. Students must also be able to explain why mathematics works the way it does. Being able to explain why is a vital skill for teachers. Through activities, examples and applications, the author expects students to write and solve problems, make sense of the mathematics, and write clear, logical explanations of the mathematical concepts. The accompanying Activities Manual promotes engagement, exploration, and discussion of the material, rather than passive absorption. Both students and instructors should find this material fun, interesting, and rewarding.Class Activity 1 1 M: Explaining Why the Area Formula for Triangles Is Valid 1. Explain why each of the preceding triangles has area \b x h square units for the given choices of b and h. Depending on your explanation, the formula \(b x h), the anbsp;...

 Title : Activities Manual to Accompany Mathematics for Elementary Teachers Author : Sybilla Beckmann Publisher : Addison-Wesley - 2004-08