Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers
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17. Choose a Method

In this 15 minute video, Mary Holden and her 4th/5th grade class reason about the appropriateness of different computational methods (base-ten blocks, calculators, mental math, or paper and pencil) to specific problems. The video includes a description of how the teacher manages her multi-level class and encourages hands on exploration and discussion in small group learning sessions. At the conclusion of the video are reflection questions for professional development.
Contributed by: Annenberg Media - Publisher, Annenberg/CPB - Initiator
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 5This collection of resources supports teachers as they integrate Mathematical Practice Standard 5, Use Appropriate Tools Strategically, into their classrooms. They illustrate strategies that promote student exploration of mathematical tools, increase the accessibility of mathematical tools within the classroom, and encourage students to identify the strengths and limitations of various tools so they can make sound choices. Additional resources for use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicNumber Sense, Decimals, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Basic Operations
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Instructional Strategy, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorAnnenberg Media - Publisher, Annenberg/CPB - Initiator
    • Publication Date2013
    • Rights(c) Annenberg Foundation 2013
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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