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Nurturing Math Curiosity With Learners in Grades K–2

Building students’ confidence and conceptual understanding early sets a solid foundation for reasoning and exploration. Nurturing Math Curiosity With Learners in Grades K–2 offers educational tools and strategies teachers can use to integrate mathematical argumentation in early elementary classrooms, allowing space for students’ natural wonder and curiosity to shine while, at the same time, providing opportunities for students to see mathematics content in a new light.

This book will help K–2 teachers:

  • Discover ways to explore early mathematical concepts.
  • Integrate classroom community building, teacher tools, and instructional strategies to nurture an environment of playful exploration.
  • Read real examples from teachers who have implemented argumentation in their classrooms.
  • Follow the layers of argumentation through an in-depth concrete example.
  • Reflect as mathematics learners with features that activate prior knowledge.

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Chapter 1: Establishing the Foundation for Mathematical Argumentation
Chapter 2: Nurturing a Classroom Community
Chapter 3: Growing Our Teacher Toolbox
Chapter 4: Connecting the Classroom Environment and Teacher Toolbox Through Routines
Chapter 5: Exploring the First Layer: Notice, Wonder, and Beyond
Chapter 6: Exploring the Second Layer: Conjecturing
Chapter 7: Exploring the Third Layer: Justifying
Chapter 8: Exploring the Fourth Layer: Extending
Chapter 9: Finding Opportunities for Argumentation
Chapter 10: Using Children’s Literature to Engage in Argumentation
Appendix A: Instructional Routine Planning Template
Appendix B: Mathematical Ideas Across Chapters


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Appendix A

Appendix B

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