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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Book - Well Played Building: Mathematical Thinking Through Number Games and Puzzles, Grades 3-5

"Well Played gives you 25 field-tested math games and puzzles that go beyond computational fluency to engage students in grades 3-5 with key mathematical concepts. Step-by-step directions, materials, and reproducibles help you implement each game or puzzle, and examples illustrate how they play out in the classroom." summarizes Education Week

 Well Played Building: Mathematical Thinking Through Number Games and Puzzles, Grades 3-5
"Students love math games and puzzles, but how much are they really learning from the experience? Too often, math games are thought of as just a fun activity or enrichment opportunity. Well Played shows you how to make games and puzzles an integral learning component that provides teachers with unique access to student thinking." writes Stenhouse Publishers.

The twenty-five games and puzzles in Well Played, which have all been field-tested in diverse classrooms, contain:
  • explanations of the mathematical importance of each game or puzzle and how it supports student learning;
  • variations for each game or puzzle to address a range of learning levels and styles;
  • clear step-by-step directions; and
  • classroom vignettes that model how best to introduce the featured game or puzzle.
The book also includes a separate chapter with suggestions for how to effectively manage games and puzzles in diverse classrooms; reproducibles that provide directions, game boards, game cards, and puzzles; assessment ideas; and suggestions for online games, puzzles, and apps.

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Supporting Learning Through Games and Puzzles
Chapter 3: Base Ten Numeration
Chapter 4: Addition and Subtraction
Chapter 5: Multiplication and Division
Chapter 6: Mixed Operations
Chapter 7: Fractions
Puzzle Answer Key

Preview the entire book online!

About  Jayne Bamford Lynch
She is a district math instructional coach in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she spends most of her days in elementary classrooms supporting coaches, teachers, and students.
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About Karen Gartland 
She is a mathematics coordinator and classroom teacher at Groton-Dunstable Middle School. She enjoys working with students of all ages with a focus on conceptual understanding of mathematics through critical thinking and application as well as best practices for integrating technology.

About Linda Dacey
She is professor of mathematics and education at Lesley University, began her career teaching at the elementary level and early in her career, received an NSF grant to develop a model program for preparing middle school teachers.

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Source: Stenhouse Publishers and Education Week