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Samples

Review sample lessons and components from the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series.

Overview Book
Preface from Grades K–3
Our Teaching and Learning Philosophy from Grades 3–5
Teaching and Learning in a Math Workshop from Grades 4–6

Unit Book
Unit Overview for Measuring for the Art Show: Addition on the Open Number Line (Grades K–3)
Sample session from Measuring for the Art Show, Day Six: Pricing the Ingredients (Grades K–3)
A minilesson reviews adding groups of ten within the context of measurement. A new measurement context introduces double-digit addition with strips of ten. A subsequent math congress supports the use of more efficient strategies.

Unit Overview for The Big Dinner: Multiplication with the Ratio Table (Grades 3–5)
Sample session from The Big Dinner, Day One: Pricing the Ingredients (Grades 3–5)
The context of preparing a turkey dinner highlights students' early multiplication strategies.

Unit Overview for Field Trips and Fund-Raisers: Introducing Fractions (Grades 4–6)
Sample session from Field Trips and Fund-Raisers, Day One: The Fieldtrip (Grades 4–6)
The context of fair-sharing submarine sandwiches supports the development of several big ideas related to fractions.

Carefully Crafted Contexts
Measuring for the Art Show (Grades K–3), the read-aloud book that accompanies the unit by the same name.
See Grades 3-5: Posters for a visual overview of the 17 posters at this level.
See Grades 4-6: Posters for a visual overview of the 16 posters at this level.

Resource Guides
Games for Early Number Sense Contents and Overview (Grades K–3)
Minilessons for Early Addition and Subtraction Contents and Overview (Grades K–3)
Minilessons for Extending Addition and Subtraction Contents and Overview (Grades K–3)

Minilessons for Early Multiplication and Division Contents and Overview (Grades 3–5)
Minilessons for Extending Multiplication and Division Contents and Overview (Grades 3–5)

Minilessons for Operations with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Contents and Overview (Grades 4–6)

CD-ROM

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Video clip: The Thinking Behind Contexts for Learning Mathematics
Video clip: The Importance of Context

Video clip: Investigation in Action: Organizing and Collecting (Grades K-3)
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Video clip: Investigation in Action: The Big Dinner (Grades 3–5)
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Video clip: Investigation in Action: Fieldtrips (Grades 4–6)
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