TED 323: Mathematics Content and Techniques for Early Childhood Mathematics I

E-mail your instructor: laurel.langford@uwrf.edu

Links to the lessons: A lot of the course information is available on line. These are links to the online lessons for TED 323 and 324.

Field Experience assignments

Week of

Topics and meetings


Sept 6

Saturday Sept 6 at UW-RF

See you in class!
Make sure you get your books and math kit before you come to class.

Sept 8-13

Thursday evening: Computer check. Log in to class. If it's not working, call me at 715-425-3119.

Identifying addition and subtraction problems by their CGI type:
readIn Childrens Mathematics, read chapter 2, focusing on the distinctions between problem types (pages 7-10).
DoTake the retakeable online CGI quiz, and print out the page with your results.
readUse the correcting your CGI errors guidelines and your results from the first quiz to study more, and then
DoRetake the retakeable online CGI quiz (your score will be the highest of your quiz scores).
readRead the first half of chapter 3: the part that describes the methods children use to direct model addition and subtraction problems (pages 15-19). Watch the accompanying direct modeling videos on the CD that came with the book.
DoRecord yourself solving problems using each of the direct modeling techniques.

Sept 15-20

Thursday evening

readOrder CGI problems by direct modeling difficulty (What problem types are easier and harder). (Read also the practice problems)
DoTake the D2L quiz on relative difficulties of problem types--you get 2 tries at this one, so try to do it without looking at your notes, and then retake it to fix any errors you made.
readRead about phrasing that makes word problems (within a problem type) easier or harder.
readRead in Children's Mathematics about phrasing that makes word problems easier or harder: pgs 10-12 (Other Considerations)
DoWrite easier and harder word problems (write and put in the D2L dropbox)

Sept 22-27

Thursday evening be ready to talk about counting strategies.

Counting strategies for addition and subtraction
readReview vocabulary for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and Dotake the associated D2L quiz (2 chances to take it)
readRead/watch the basic facts overview and Dotake the D2L quiz (take once: open book)
readRead/watch the counting strategies lesson and Dotake the D2L quiz (take once: open book) and Dowrite answers to this homework assignment

Sept 29-Oct 4

Thursday evening, be ready to talk about ways to teach with dot patterns and Cuisenaire rods. Find your Cuisenaire rods in your manipulative kit, and get them out to use Thursday.

Manipulatives, fundamental skills and making connections between problem types:
readRead/watch the lesson on Cuisenaire rods. Find the Cuisenaire rods in your kit and follow along with them as you watch/read the lesson.
DoTake the D2L quiz. Have your Cuisenaire rods out to help you model the questions as you take your quiz.
readRead/watch the Subitizing and dot patterns lesson
DoDo and turn in the homework assignment on subitizing and small numbers. You can do the assignment in Word or in Smart Notebook (so you can use the Notebook tools for illustrations!)
readRead/watch the bar diagrams and math mountains lesson
DoDo and turn in the homework assignment on part whole diagrams.

Oct 6-11

Saturday October 11 at UW-RF

readRead/watch the derived fact strategies for addition lesson
DoDo and turn in the derived facts for addition homework assignment (you can turn it in online or in person Saturday)
Quiz/test on Saturday
Practice problems for the test (Answer sheet as done Thursday as a Word doc or as a pdf
We will discuss field experience assignments on Saturday

Oct 13-18

Thursday we'll talk more about derived facts and teaching and learning basic facts.

More derived fact strategies (subtraction)
I'd like to combine these two lessons to make it shorter, but I haven't had time yet.
readBuild up through ten to subtract
readBack down through ten to subtract.
DoIf you have already seen a math lesson in your field placement, or if you are able to get in this week, you should post to the discussion board about your observations. (more details on the field experience assignments page)

Oct 20-25


Wrap up of basic facts, equals signs, base 10 numbers, plan your first number talk.
readLearn about teaching basic facts
DoTake the teaching basic facts D2L quiz (three chances--your last score is recorded)
DoOpen or print the homework file before you start working on the equals sign lesson, because part of the assignment is note taking.
readRead/watch the lesson on equals signs and balanced equations
DoPlan a number talk. Talk to your cooperating teacher about your idea for a number talk, and schedule a time when you can ask several children your number talk questions.

Oct 27-Nov1


readDoBase 10 manipulatives and assignment. Make sure you read through the practice problems (they address some common points of confusion)
readDoWhat children understand about base 10 lesson and assignment
readTeaching about 2-digit addition and subtraction using questioning and discussing
DoInvented and mental math strategies assignment

Nov 3-8

Saturday Nov 8 at UW-RF

Thursday night will be Q and A for the test. If you have any left over homework from the last few weeks, please make sure you get it in by Saturday class time.

The only lesson that has an assignment for you to do this week is the alternate algorithms lesson:
readAlternate algorithms for addition and subtraction lesson, and DoAssignment
This week, I'm going to have you watch and read about using manipulatives to teach addition and subtraction, but I'm not going to ask you to turn in any assignments on it until after Saturday's meeting. read2-digit work; read3 digit addition; read3 digit subtraction.
What to study for Saturday's test, and the solutions we discussed Thursday

Nov 10-15

I'll answer questions on other stuff Thursday, but our main topic will be ways addressing student errors in addition and subtraction.

Review read3 digit subtraction. and Domake a video of yourself solving a 3-digit subtraction problem.
readIt may be helpful to listen to some commentary on addition and subtraction errors as you work through the Doerrors and algorithms assignment I passed out last Saturday.
readStart learning about multiplication and division. I'll be posting an assignment to go with this in a couple of days (it's Tuesday), but it's OK if you don't get to it until next week.

Nov 17-22

You should be starting one or both assignments before Thursday so you can ask good questions. Because both assignments have to do with bar diagrams, I want to make sure you get a chance to get good answers and feedback before you turn them in.

readI have put more examples into the practice solutions of the multiplication and division lesson. DoThere is now an assignment to go with that lesson.
readThe next lesson asks you to put together the multiplication and division bar diagrams with the earlier lesson on addition and subtraction bar diagrams to show solutions of 2-step word problems: readlesson, Doassignment
Please work on the field experience assignments, and turn in at least one plan for something (math talk or math read aloud mini lesson).

Nov 24-29

Happy Thanksgiving!
No meeting this week. If you have questions, please e-mail

readLearn about multiplication properties and basic facts and do the associated Doassignment

Nov 30-Dec6


Multiplying by tens and hundreds readlesson and Doassignment
Multiplying higher numbers
readlesson and Doassignment

Dec 8-13

Saturday Dec 13 at UW-RF (class/final exam at 1:00)

Last assignment: division with remainders. readlesson. DoThe assignment is a D2L quiz.
Review practice problems

Dec 15-19


Dec 19 is the last day to turn in outstanding field experience assignments (reports on your number talk and connections teaching experiences).