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Matrix of Articles for Mathematics Activities
The majority of the following articles are from Teaching Children Mathematics
(TCM), one of the official journals of the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics. These articles illustrate lessons to engage children in rich
mathematics. Although many have been fieldtested with fifthgrade children,
some were fieldtested in other grades and are easily adaptable to fifth grade.
Alcaro, Patricia C., Alice S. Alston, and Nancy Katims. “Fractions Attack! Children Thinking and Talking Mathematically.” TCM 6 (May 2000): 562567. 
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Anderson, Cindy L., Kevin M. Anderson, and Edward J. Wenzel. “Oil and Water Don’t Mix but They Do Teach Fractions.” TCM 7 (November 2000): 174178. 
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Atkins, Sandra L. “Listening to Students: The Power of Mathematical Conversations.” TCM 5 (January 1999): 289295. 








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Austin, Richard A. and Denisse R. Thompson. “Exploring World History Along the Silk Route: A Social Studies Investigations Through Mathematics.” Trends & Issues 12 (Fall 2000): 1214. 
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Austin, Richard A. and Patricia Biafore. “Perimeter Patterns.” TCM 2 (December 1995): 238240. 


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Barkley, Cathy A. and Saundra Cruz. “Geometry through Beadwork Designs.” TCM 7 (February 2001): 362367. 


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Borden, Jorie and Elsa Geskus. “The Most Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.” TCM 7 (May 2001): 538541. 
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Botula, Mary Jean and Margaret I. Ford. “All About Us: Connecting Statistics with Real Life.” TCM 4 (September 1997): 1419. 




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Brahier, Daniel J., Monica Kelly, and Jennifer Swihart. “This Little Piggy.” TCM 5 (January 1999): 274278, worksheets 
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Brewer, Evelyn J. “Geometry and Op Art.” TCM 6 (December 1999): 220224, 236. 


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Brinker, Laura. “Using Recipes and Ratio Tables to Build on Students’ Understanding of Fractions.” TCM 5 (December 1998): 218224. 
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Burton, Gail. “Huge Trees, Small Drawings: Ideas of Relative Sizes.” TCM 2 (April 1996): 466470. 
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Cai, Jinfa. “Developing Algebraic Reasoning in the Elementary Grades.” TCM 5 (December 1998): 225229. 



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Caldwell, Janet H. “Communicating About Fractions with Pattern Blocks.” TCM 2 (November 1995): 156161. 
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Chia, David T. “Weather Mathematics: Integrating Science and Mathematics.” TCM 5 (September 1998): 1922. 




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Civil, Marta and Leslie H. Khan. “Mathematics Instruction Developed from a Garden Theme.” TCM 7 (March 2001): 400405. 

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Clay, Ellen L. “Using Mathematics to Build an Understanding of the United States.” TCM 6 (October 1999): 123127. 
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Curcio, Frances A. and Myra Zarnowski. “Revisiting the Powers of 2.” TCM 2 (January 1996): 300304. 



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Curtis, Shirley. “Mouse Maze Tournament: Connecting Geometry and Measurement.” TCM 7 (May 2001): 504509. 

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Edwards, Thomas C. and Sarah M. Hensien. “Using Probability Experiments to Foster Discourse.” TCM 6 (April 2000): 524529. 




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Emenaker, Charles E. “GingerbreadHouse Geometry.” TCM 5 (December 1999): 208215. 

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Empson, Susan. B. “Equal Sharing and the Roots of Fraction Equivalence.” TCM 7 (March 2001): 421425. 
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Enright, Brian E. “Picky Patterns.” TCM 5 (November 1998): 174176, worksheets 



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Falkner, Karen P., Linda Levi, and Thomas P. Carpenter. “Children’s Understanding of Equality: A Foundation for Algebra.” TCM 6 (December 1999): 232236. 


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FerriniMundy, Joan, Glenda Lappan, and Elizabeth Phillips. “Experiences with Patterning.” TCM 3 (February 1997): 282288. 
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Fravillig, Judith. “Strategies for Advancing Children’s Mathematical Thinking.” TCM 7 (April 2001): 454459. 








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Garrison, Leslie. “Making the NCTM’s Standards Work for Emergent English Speakers.” TCM 4 (November 1997): 132138. 








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Gibbons, Estelle. “Children’s Literature: Impetus for a Mathematical Adventure.” TCM 3 (November 1996): 142147. 
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Hanson, Elizabeth. “Hole Math.” TCM 2 (January 1996): 264268. 
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Harris, Jacqueline. “Using Literature to Investigate Transformations.” TCM 4 (May 1998): 510513. 


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Hellwig, Stacey J., Eula Ewing Monroe, and James S. Jacobs. “Making Informed Choices: Selecting Children’s Trade Books for Mathematics Instruction.” TCM 7 (November 2000): 138143. 




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HendrixMartin, Eunice. “Student Use Their Bodies to Measure Animals.” TCM 3 (April 1997): 426430. 

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Hopkins, Lindy. “Popping Up Number Sense.” TCM 2 (October 1995): 8286. 
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Isenbarger, Lynn M. and Arthur J. Baroody. “Fostering the Mathematical Power of Children with Behavioral Difficulties: The Case of Carter.” TCM 7 (April 2001): 468471. 
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Jacobs, Victoria R., Tom R. Bennett, and Cathy Bullock. “Selecting Books in Spanish to Teach Mathematics.” TCM 6 (May 2000): 582587. 





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Jones, Graham A., Cynthia W. Langrall, and Carol A. Thornton. “Using Data to Make Decisions About Chance.” TCM 2 (February 1996): 346350. 




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Karp, Karen, Candy Allen, Linda G. Allen, and Elizabeth Todd Brown. “Feisty Females: Using Children’s Literature with Strong Female Characters.” TCM 5 (October 1998): 8894. 





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Karp, Karen S. “Telling Tales Creating Graphs Using Multicultural Literature.” TCM 1 (November 1994): 8791. 




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Kemp, Champee C. “Adding Taste to Mathematics.” TCM 2 (December 1995): 224225. 
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Lambdin, Diana V. and Clare Forseth. “Seamless Assessment/Instruction = Good Teaching.” TCM 2 (January 1996): 294298. 








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Leitze, Annette Ricks. “Connecting Process Problem Solving to Children’s Literature.” TCM 3 (March 1997): 398406. 





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Lindquist, Mary M. and Douglas H. Clements. “Geometry Must Be Vital.” TCM 7 (March 2001): 409415. 


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Kulas, Linda Lingenfelter. “May I Take Your Order?” TCM 3 (January 1997): 230234. 
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Loewen, A. Craig. “Creative Problem Solving.” TCM 2 (October 1995): 9699. 








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Long, Betty B. and Deborah A. Crocker. “Adventures with Sir Cumference: Standard Shapes and Nonstandard Units.” TCM 7 (December 2000): 242245. 


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MacGregor, Mollie and Kaye Stacey. “A Flying Start to Algebra.” TCM 6 (October 1999): 7885. 



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Mack, Nancy K. “Building a Foundation for Understanding the Multiplication of Fractions.” TCM 5 (September 1998): 3438. 
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Margerm, Pat. “An Old Tale with a New Turn and Flip and Slide.” TCM 6 (October 1999): 8690. 


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Mewborn, Denise S. and Patricia D. Huberty. “Questioning Your Way to the Standards.” TCM 6 (December 1999): 226227, 243246. 
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Moore, Deborah A. “Some Like It Hot.” TCM 5 (May 1999): 538543. 




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Moyer, Patricia Seray. “A Remainder of One: Exploring Partitive Division.” TCM 6 (April 2000): 517521. 
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Norwood, Karen S. and Glenda Carter. “Journal Writing: An Insight into Students’ Understanding.” TCM 1 (November 1994): 146148. 








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O’Brien, Thomas C. and Ann C. Moss. “On the Keeping of Several Things in Mind.” TCM 6 (October 1999): 118122. 



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O’Connell, Susan R. “Newspapers: Connecting the Mathematics Classroom to the World.” TCM 1 (January 1995): 268274. 
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O’Connor, Peggy. “Uncovering the Magic.” TCM 7 (September 2000): 1621. 



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Oleson, Vicki L. “Incredible Comparisons: Experiences with Data Collection.” TCM 5 (September 1998): 1216. 




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Pagni, David L. “An Educator’s Guide to Answering Parents’ Questions on Mathematics.” TCM 7 (September 2000): 4446, insert. 









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Peressini, Dominic and Judy Bassett. “Assessing Students Through DataExploration Tasks.” TCM 2 (February 1996): 366371. 




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Peressini, Dominic and Eric Knuth. “The Role of Tasks in Developing Communities of Mathematical Inquiry.” TCM 6 (February 2000): 391397. 



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Philipp, Randolph A. “Multicultural Mathematics and Alternative Algorithms.” TCM 3 (November 1996): 128133. 
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Pothier, Yvonne M. and Christine M. Nickerson. “Learning DataManagement Skills Meaningfully.” TCM 4 (October 1997): 8288. 




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Robertson, Stuart P. “Getting Students Actively Involved in Geometry.” TCM 5 (May 1999): 526529. 

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Rocke, Judy. “A CommonCents Approach to Fractions.” TCM 2 (December 1995): 234236. 
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Rowan, Thomas E. and Josepha Robles. “Using Questions to Help Children Build Mathematical Power.” TCM 4 (May 1998): 504509. 
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Russell, Susan Jo and Jan Mokros. “What Do Children Understand about Average? TCM 2 (February 1996): 360364. 
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Scavo, Thomas R. and Byron Petraroja. “Adventures in Statistics.” TCM 4 (March 1998): 394400. 

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Schneider, Sally B. and Charles S. Thompson. “Incredible Equations Develop Incredible Number Sense.” TCM 7 (November 2000): 146148, 165168. 
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Sellke, Donald H. “Geometric Flips via the Arts.” TCM 5 (February 1999): 379383. 


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Sharp, Janet M. and Karen Bush Hoiberg. “And Then There Was Luke: The Geometric Thinking of a Young Mathematician.” TCM 7 (March 2001): 432439. 


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Shaw, Jean M., Conn Thomas, Ann Hoffman, and Janis Bulgren. “Using Concept Diagrams to Promote Understanding in Geometry.” TCM 2 (November 1995): 184187. 


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Silbey, Robyn. “What Is in the Daily News? ProblemSolving Opportunities!” TCM 5 (March 1999): 390394. 




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Silverman, Frederick L., Abbilynn B. Strawser, Donna L. Strohauer, and Noel Nevada Manzano. “On the Road with Cholo, Vato, and Pano.” TCM 7 (February 2001): 330333. 

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Smith, Jacquelin. “A Different Angle for Integrating Mathematics.” TCM 1 (January 1995): 288293. 


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Smith, Jacquelin. “Threading Mathematics into Social Studies.” TCM 1 (March 1995): 438444. 
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Sowder, Judith. “Place Value as the Key to Teaching Decimal Operations.” TCM 3 (April 1997): 448453. 
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Speer, William R., David T. Hayes, and Daniel J. Brahier. “Becoming VeryAble with Variables.” TCM 3 (February 1997): 305308, worksheets 



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Steele, Diana F. “Look Who’s Talking: Discourse in a FourthGrade Class.” TCM 4 (January 1998): 286292. 


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Taylor, Gwen M. “Reading, Writing, Arithmetic: Making Connections.” TCM 6 (November 1999): 190197. 





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Taylor, P. Mark, Ken Simms, OkKyeong Kim, and Robert E. Reys. “Do Your Students Measure Up Metrically?” TCM 7 (January 2001): 282287. 

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Tepper, Anita Benna. “A Journey Through Geometry: Designing a City Park.” TCM 5 (February 1999): 348352. 


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Thomas, Cynthia S. “100 Activities for the 100th Day.” TCM 6 (January 2000): 276280. 
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Thompson, Charles S. and Vicki Walker. “Connecting Decimals and Other Mathematical Content.” TCM 2 (April 1996): 496502. 
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Thompson, Denisse R. and Kendra Holyoke. “Using Children’s Literature to Link Mathematics and Social Studies: A Multicultural Exploration with Bread.” Trends & Issues 12 (Summer 2000): 2224. 
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Tuch, Abby. “Check Out These Checkbooks: RealLife Banking for the Classroom.” TCM 5 (March 1999): 422429. 
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Urso, Josephine. “What Do You Like to Read?” TCM 6 (September 1999): 3436, worksheet 




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Usiskin, Zalman. Doing Algebra in Grades K4.” TCM 3 (February 1997): 346356. 



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Vance, James H. “Number Operations from an Algebraic Perspective.” TCM 4 (January 1998): 282285. 



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Watters, Deborah M. “Basketball Math.” TCM 6 (May 2000): 556559. 




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Welchman, Rosamond and Josephine Urso. “Midpoint Shapes.” TCM 6 (April 2000): 506510. 


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Wickett, Maryann S. “Measuring Up with The Principal’s New Clothes.” TCM 5 (April 1999): 476479. 

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Zaslavsky, Claudia. “Developing Number Sense: What Can Other Cultures Tell Us?” TCM 7 (February 2001): 312319. 
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