Incorporating interactivity into primary mathematics





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The research question addressed in this project was, how can interactivity and movement be used in mathematics to engage primary students and foster growth? It documents one teacher's development of a supplemental primary math curriculum. The curriculum focuses on number sense skills and strategies as defined by first grade mathematics standards. Counting, place value, basic facts, and equivalent names are among the included concepts. The research-based lessons and activities are explained in detail through the GANAG lesson plan format, addressing the learning objectives, pre-assessment, new information instruction, assessment, and generalizing of information learned. As a supplement to core mathematics instruction, the activities encourage engagement and understanding through methods different from the traditional classroom setting. These activities take academic learning objectives and incorporate both small and large motor movements. The curriculum in its entirety as well as directions for materials is included.

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