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Sketchpad for the Young Learner

Thursday's Feature Event

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Geri Anderson-Nielsen

Geri is a former middle and elementary school educator who now does professional development with teachers. To learn more about her, check out her Tool Fest '04 bio page.


Key Curriculum Press has been developing Sketches for use in the elementary grades. Each of these sketches introduces students to a few Sketchpad skills while the students explore a mathematical idea. Each of the Sketches comes with a description of activity and sometimes with a worksheet for the student.

Before 2 pm ET on Thursday:

  • Get a copy of Sketchpad if you don't already have one (you can't download a preview version from the Key web site any more).
  • Download the Sketchpad Activities for Grades 3-5.
  • Download the Connected Mathematics Project Sketchpad activities.
  • Everyone should look at Circles and Squares, one of the Grades 3-5 sketches.
  • For each of the other activities that you choose to explore, think about the following questions:
    1. At what grade level(s) would you use this activity? If you have a particular textbook in mind, for which lesson would you use it?
    2. How would you introduce the activity?
    3. How would you assess student learning as a result of using the activity?
    4. What would be a good follow-up?
    5. What more do you with the activity could do?
    6. And finally:

    7. What kind of preparation would teachers need to use these activities?
    8. What do you think of these kinds of activities in the elementary grades? What are the strengths? The weaknesses?

    Feel free, of course, to make any other comments you choose in addition to or instead of the ones asked for!

    When you are done, please write a review of the activity for the MathTools site.

2-4 pm ET:

We had an online chat to talk about the sketches that Geri pointed us to and how they might be used in the classroom.

Read the transcript of this chat


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