Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
This curriculum consists of a collection of mathematics activities intended to complement a standard second-grade curriculum. The activities within this collection focus on the topics and concepts addressed by a traditional curriculum; however, they allow the students to approach the subject from a slightly different angle. The problems, projects, and games create situations in which students can create their own understanding of numbers.
By providing ready-to-use, well-organized activities designed to promote constructivist learning, this collection aims to make constructivist mathematics accessible to teachers working within a more traditional curriculum. The inspiration for the activities within this curriculum comes from a variety of sources, including texts by Marilyn Burns, Constance Kamii, TERC, and Everyday Math. However, in order to facilitate the integration of these activities into a traditional curriculum with as little strain as possible, the activities have been modified to appear as self-contained, single-period units. The organization of the activities allows the teacher to choose the activity that will provide the best complement to the traditional skills being taught at the time.
Potvin, D. (2006). Squeezing in Constructivist Mathematics: A Second Grade Curriculum. New York : Bank Street College of Education. https://educate.bankstreet.edu/independent-studies/318