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 thruachild'sI Joined: May 2008 Posts: 742 Senior Member
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What order do you teach math
09-11-2009, 04:35 PM
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Our textbook does not seem to follow a natural flow of learning math.

We start with place value then move to decimals then equivalent numbers. I understand the logic behind it and how it fits together - but the kids are just lost when it comes to equivalent numbers.

I jumped a couple of chapters and started with add/sub of whole numbers. I thought then I would go back and do decimal place value and slowly move forward.

Do you follow your textbook or do you move around?? What do you think is a logical path to follow? Decimals/fractions/multiplication/division etc...

 DoxieTeacher Joined: May 2009 Posts: 3,699 Senior Member
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09-11-2009, 05:21 PM
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I Have a pacing guide that I pretty much follow, but I do move around a bit. I teach in this order:

Adding/subtracting (I do this first for confidence, since they know how to add)

Place Value/ordering numbers

Multiplication

Algebra

Division

Geometry

(I think that is the way I teach them...I do not have my pacing guides here with me!)

 mushyk Joined: Jul 2008 Posts: 1,604 Senior Member
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09-11-2009, 05:48 PM
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I was told by a math expert once that companies who make textbooks and resources hire people to make them. Some of these people can be teachers and/or resource specialists. If the people they hire disagree with how they want the book published, the company will let them go and find someone who will write it the way they want it. So just because the text puts it in a certain order, doesn't make it right.
Our math text wants us to teach patterns first, which makes sense in some ways but the method, terminology, and ways they suggest are so difficult my 4s don't get it and to be honest, i don't either.
We did some addition subtraction first, place value, number sense and then much of out year will be spent on multiplication and division.

 mamaduffy3 Joined: Aug 2008 Posts: 141 Full Member

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you're definately thinking right
09-11-2009, 06:20 PM
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in my opinion. I think of the text as a resource. My curriculum maps give me my main guidelines for exactly what, order is up to me I guess.
I teach 4th. we do review stuff first- graphing,place value, adding, subtracting, basic multiplication and division fact practice. This then lends itself to more complicated multiplication, long division, computation practice. I think we then do fractions, decimals, linear measurement, metric measurement and lastly probability. So many HUGE concepts...good luck finishing by June right?

 sambrolaw Joined: Apr 2008 Posts: 2,498 Senior Member
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09-11-2009, 06:21 PM
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I hate textbooks so I don't really use mine. (Although the new one seems better.)

Here is my order:

Place Value
Place Value with Decimals
Fractions
Graphs
Algebra
Geometry (I do this last because it is 35% of their state test)

 thruachild'sI Joined: May 2008 Posts: 742 Senior Member
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Thank you for the suggestions - I guess
09-11-2009, 06:51 PM
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I need to just sit down with the text and put it in the order I feel works best. Even if it is jumping all over and taking a page here and there. I've been trying to get additional resources to go with the lessons, but I find that I am spending so much time searching and getting few results.

Our school is really heavy on solving word problems - so that is my next quest. To find word problem worksheets and walk my students through each step to solve them.

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