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MATH 195. Mathematics for Elementary Education I.
(22) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on placement exam, 2 years high school algebra, 1 year of high school geometry, enrollment in elementary education or early childhood education
Theoretical and handson models, mathematical analysis of: elementary students' thinking, standard and nonstandard algorithms, and properties related to whole number operations; structure of the decimal system; linear measurement, and two and threedimensional geometric shapes and spatial sense; algebra as it relates to elementary curricula. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may not count MATH 140, MATH 142, or MATH 195 toward General Education Requirements.
MATH 196. Mathematics for Elementary Education II.
(22) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Minimum of C in MATH 195 and enrollment in elementary education or early childhood education.
Integer, fraction and decimal operations through analysis of properties, theoretical and handson models, mathematical analysis of elementary students’ thinking, standard and nonstandard algorithms: two and threedimensional measurement; probability, statistics, algebra as it relates to elementary curricula/ teaching profession.
Textbook
Math 195 Course Packet (for Math 195)
ISBN: 9780999037591
(new, not used)
Math 196 Course Packet (FOR MATH 196)
ISBN: 9780999037591
(new, not used)
Beckmann (for both Math 195/196)
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, 3rd ed.
ISBN: 9780999037591 (book)
ISBN: 9781256916741 (activity manual)
Alternatively, you can use the ISU Custom Edition based on the 2nd edition
The book can be used, but the activity manual must be new.
Turning Point RF Clicker
ISBN: 9780108000003
Syllabus for Math 195
The course focuses on the whole number system, numeration, algorithms and interpretations for whole number computation, topics from number theory, algebra, geometric shapes, and measurement. We will cover portions of chapters 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 13 of the text and accompanying activities from the Activity Manual.
Syllabus for Math 196
The course focuses on systems of rational numbers (fractions and decimals) and integers, as well as physical representations, theoretical models and computations, algebraic reasoning, percent and proportional reasoning, surface area and volume, data analysis, and probability. We will cover portions of Chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16 and additional material.
Objectives for Math 195
This course targets the mathematics subject matter specialization standard of the Iowa
State Teacher Education Standards. It is designed to help you understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of mathematics and prepare you to create learning experiences that make these elements meaningful for elementary students. At the end of this course, you will have both content and process knowledge. You will have experienced what it means to think mathematically, understand the value of conceptual insight, and appreciate how mathematical knowledge is constructed in an exploratory manner.
Day 1
 Understand course rationale and structure
 Use manipulatives with a nonbase 10 place value numeration system
 Convert symbols and pictures in Alphabitia
 Explain the role of zero in place value numeration systems
 Become familiar with Common Core
Day 2
 Discover more about our base 10 system by looking at other base systems (where is there trouble with counting, place value, etc)
 Examine 100 charts, think about patterns and counting by 10s
 Be able to count in base 5 & 6 (what comes next? what comes before?)
 Understand 1:1 correspondence, cardinality and subitizing concepts
Day 3
 Continue to discover more about our base 10 system by looking at other base systems
 Determine what comes next, what comes before, in a variety of bases
 Convert between base b and base 10
 Investigate challenges and solutions to difficulties that arise from bases >10
 Convert numbers from base10 to Roman Numerals (know symbols)
Day 4
 Use expanded form and exponential expanded form in any base
 Describe and draw rough pictures to represent a given positive decimal in 2 ways (set of bundled objects and length models) that fit with and show the structure of the decimal system.
 (1) Discuss how decimals fill in a number line, (2) label tick marks on number lines, and (3) plot numbers on number lines, in ways that reflects the structure of the decimal system.
Day 5
 Continue to
 Describe how decimals fill in a number line
 label tick marks on number lines, and
 plot numbers on number lines in a way that reflects the structure of the decimal system.
 Show how to zoom in on portions of number lines to see the portions in greater detail
 Use number line to model and explain rounding decisions
 Use decimal representations and number line to compare decimals
Day 6
 Categorize +,  story problems
 Partpartwhole, add to, take away, or compare
 Result unknown, start unknown or change unknown (for add to & take away types only)
 Discrete or continuous quantities
 Write/critique exemplars of each +/ story problem type
 Clear cut
 Age appropriate
 Use tenses and/or adverbs to clearly indicate order of actions, & when total occurred (via words like “then”, “next”, “more”, “now”, or “yesterday”, “this morning”, etc).
 Understand/demonstrate the relationship between + and 
Day 7
 Draw strip diagrams for addition/sub problems
 Know/recognize/demonstrate /use associative, commutative prop of +
 Know/recognize/demonstrate learning paths for addition (CA 3F)
 Add in different bases, staying in base
Day 8
 Know/demonstrate ways to lighten the load for learning single digit addition facts; with equations and on addition chart
Day 9
 Know/recognize/demonstrate, and for Level 3, write equations for, procedures children use to perform singledigit subtraction.
 Subtract in different bases, staying in base
 Write correct equations to correspond to a student’s solution strategy
Day 11
 Write equations that correspond to a method of calculation for addition and subtraction problems.
 Use number lines to find the difference between two numbers
 Analyze methods of addition and subtraction other than the common algorithms.
Day 12
 Add/subtract multidigit numbers in base b
 Use the lattice algorithm to add in base b or 10
 Use the partial sums algorithm to add in base b or 10
Day 13
 Explain the common (standard) addition and subtraction algorithms in terms of bundled objects, paying special attention to regrouping.
 Make sense of and explain why alternative addition and subtraction algorithms give correct answers.
Day 14
 Describe a set
 in words,
 by listing the elements
 Perform and understand notation for set operations
 Draw, interpret and use Venn Diagrams to represent information, perform set operations and solve word problems
Day 15
 Know and understand the basic meaning of multiplication
 Write and solve array, repeated addition, area, ordered pair, and multiplicative comparison types of story problems.
 Use arrays, organized lists, tree diagrams, strip diagrams and number lines to exhibit multiplicative structure.
Day 16
 Interpret an expression for a product in terms of number of groups and number of items in a group
 Use and identify the commutative and associative properties of multiplication
 Write an expression which uses the operations and properties to describe a given picture/diagram.
 Draw a picture/diagram to represent a given expression.
 Write equations that correspond to a method of calculation
Day 17
 Identify and use the distributive property in a context and/or equations.
 For a given expression involving the distributive property, write a word problem and draw a diagram to correspond to the expression.
 Use the distributive property to lighten the load for learning singledigit multiplication facts
Day 18
 Write equations that correspond to a method of calculation
 Understand the relationship between quantities such as 38x19 and 40x20 using rectangular (area) arrays and equations.
Day 19
 Know, write equations for and draw a rectangular (area) array for the standard and partial products multiplication algorithms.
 Solve multidigit nonbase 10 multiplication problems—working in the given base.
 Solve a multiplication problem (with either whole numbers or binomials) using the lattice method.
Day 20
 Write/identify “how many groups” and “how many in each group” types of division problems
 Write or identify story problems in which the quotient is rounded up or down.
 Explain the validity (or lack thereof) of 0/a, a/0 and 0/0 types of division problems.
 Understand what properties hold for division
 Write the corresponding multiplication (and addition) equations for division problems with and without remainders
Day 21
 Use scaffold method of division and interpret process in terms of “how many groups” and types of manipulatives.
 Explain steps in a student created division solution and determine its validity.
 Understand that division problems must specify evenly distributed (equal) amounts
Day 22
 Explain standard division algorithm using “how many in each group” analogy, Including how interpretation of number changes within the method
 Identify, explain, and correct student errors in standard and non standard division algorithms
Day 24
 Write, identify and solve word problems involving multiples and factors
 Use and understand terms and notation: factor, divisor, multiples, divisibility and notation.
 Use the Sieve of Eratosthenes to find prime numbers, and explain why this works
 Know and defend an efficient method for determining when a number is prime
 Use a geometry (area) argument to describe factors and multiples
Day 25
 List all the factors of a number.
 Explain the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic
 Use factor trees to find the prime factorization of a number.
 Explain and use Number of Factors theorem/observations from factor table
Day 26
 Find the GCF and LCM of two or more numbers, using both the list method and the prime factorization method.
 Identify, solve and write story problems involving GCF and LCM
Day 27
 Define even and odd numbers
 Use algebra and pictures to prove conjectures about even or odd numbers (examples are not enough to prove something is true)
Day 28
 Explain the rationale behind divisibility tests for 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 using manipulative diagrams and place value arguments, or division algorithm proofs, and understand that a specific example is not a proof of all cases.
 Use divisibility rules correctly to determine if a given number is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5 ,8, 9 or 10, and to construct a divisibility test for other numbers, where appropriate.
Day 29
 Know terms: variable, expression, equation, formula
 Write expressions that correspond to a design or pattern, and reflect the meaning of multiplication
 Write equations that correspond to sums of different types of numbers
Day 30
 Write equations to correspond to sums of different types of numbers.
 Understand and justify formulas for adding sequences of numbers algebraically, computationally and geometrically.
 Flexibly use the formulas for sum of odd numbers and the sum of consecutive numbers to solve a variety of problems.
 Develop a series of geometric drawings to represent a scenario (could be either a situation or a sequence of numbers). Use the geometric drawings to develop/justify a formula to represent the scenario
Day 31
 Write equations to represent related quantities; write story problems to represent such equations
 Distinguish between “three times as much as” and “three times more than”, etc.
 Practice problem solving skills using charts, algebra, etc. in an organized format.
Day 32
 Solve equations using number sense: pictures and written descriptions
 Solve equations algebraically and show correspondence to pan balance
Day 34
 Visualize lines and planes, disjoint regions
 Know geometry terms from text
Day 35
 Understand why the formula for the sum of the measures of the angles in a polygon makes sense
 Compute the sum of the measures of the interior angles in a polygon, as well as the individual measures of angles in a regular polygon
 Solve angle problems involving polygons
Day 36
 Understand/use the definition of circle and sphere and solve related distance problems
 Know definitions of quadrilaterals: rhombus, parallelogram, trapezoid, rectangle, square
 Compare and contrast characteristics of quadrilaterals and show these relationships with Venn diagrams
 Understand how formulas for area of rectangle and parallelogram are derived and why they make sense
 Know and use formulas for area of rectangles and parallelograms
Day 37
 Draw the three altitudes for all types of triangles
 Know and justify the formula for the area of a triangle
 Find the midpoint of specific and general (using algebra) line segments
 “Prove” a figure is a parallelogram/other polygon by using slope or lengths of sides.
Day 38
 Describe why measuring length with a ruler can be challenging for some students.
 Know assigned units in both the US customary & the metric systems
 Convert among/between US customary and metric system units using dimensional analysis
Day 39
 Know terms related to different types of polyhedral and their parts
 Visualize a named or general polyhedron to determine its characteristics, such as number of vertices, faces and edges
 Know how Euler’s formula relates the number of vertices, faces and edges of any convex polyhedron
Day 40
 Know definition of a platonic solid
 Know names & characteristics of all platonic solids
 Understand why only a certain number of platonic solids exist
 Draw a pattern for a named polyhedron, cylinder or cone
 Name the polyhedron, cylinder or cone associated with a given pattern or net

Objectives for Math 196
This course targets the mathematics subject matter specialization standard of the Iowa State Teacher Education Standards. It is designed to help you understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of mathematics and prepare you to create learning experiences that make these elements meaningful for elementary students. At the end of this course, you will have both content and process knowledge. You will have experienced what it means to think mathematically, understand the value of conceptual insight, and appreciate how mathematical knowledge is constructed in an exploratory manner. Therefore, an emphasis will be placed on communication of mathematical ideas as you work actively in small and large group settings to discover mathematical concepts. At the same time, this is a content course and you are expected to learn the mathematical terminology and concepts. Topics covered will include fractions, decimals, integers, percents, algebraic reasoning, geometry, elementary statistics and probability concepts.
Day 1
 Understand the definition of fraction, role of the numerator and the denominator.
 Realize the importance of the unit in understanding /solving a problem about fractions.
 Given the fractional amount of a quantity using a discrete model, pattern blocks, number line or other model, express the unit or another fractional amount.
Day 2
 Use pictures and numberlines to motivate understanding of converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions.
 Identify the “whole” or unit, based on the wording of a problem
 Represent partitioning the whole (unit) in a variety of ways (fraction of parts, fraction of area, discrete/set model, area model)
 Understand that the meaning of equal parts may be tied to a specific attribute of an object, quantity or collection as defined by a problem
 Use fractions to compare quantities
Day 3
 Flexibly understand meaning of numerator, denominator
 Find decimal equivalents of fractions by long division.
 Approximate locations of fractions on number lines, and explain the reasoning using meaning of numerator and denominator
 Draw pictures to depict equivalent fractions
 Use equivalent fractions/decimals to find a fraction between two numbers
Day 4
 Connect procedures for finding common denominators and simplifying fractions to text’s definition of fractions
 Correctly identify that finding equivalent fractions involves multiplying by a form of ONE, not by a factor
 Understand the relationship between numbers that do not have the same denominators and to demonstrate this on a number line.
Day 5
 Use and explain the reasoning behind the following methods of comparing fractions:
 Decimal equivalence
 Common denominator
 Common numerator
 Crossmultiplying
 Comparing to a benchmark
Day 6
 Solve basic percent problems (finding %, part, whole)
 Know/use the following methods to calculate percents
 percent tables
 equivalent fractions
 pictures
 decimal equivalents
 write equations to solve percent problems, & correctly interpret your answer
Day 7
 Solve % story problems in a variety of ways
Day 8
 Use fractiondecimal –percent equivalencies to compute
 Identify student errors in adding and subtracting mixed numbers
Day 9
 Identify and write fraction story problems of compare, addto, takeaway and partpartwhole problem types.
 Express a decimal as a sum of fractions
 Determine the fraction of a figure shaded
Day 11
 Use fraction circles to help understand/explain the standard algorithm for adding and subtracting fractions
 Model addition of integers as combining sets using (+) () manipulatives.
Day 12
 Model subtraction as take away using (+) () manipulatives
 Explain and model subtraction as comparison using a vertical number.
Day 13
 Write and interpret fraction multiplication story problems in a way that is consistent with the meaning of multiplication
 Use fraction circle and rectangular area models for proper fraction multiplication and make the connection between these models and the standard algorithm for multiplying fractions
Day 14
 Use fraction circle and rectangular area models for improper fraction multiplication and make the connection between these models and the standard algorithm for multiplying fractions
 Use number line and discrete (optional) models for multiplying improper fractions
 Demonstrate the connection between multiplying improper fractions using the distributive property (“each with each” or FOIL) and an rectangular area model showing the partial products
Day 15
 Understand why the procedure for multiplying decimals works.
 Model decimal multiplication using base 10 manipulatives and decimal squares
 Explain/use exponent rules and scientific notation
Day 16
 Understand and justify the rules for multiplying negative numbers
 Understand rationales for why ()() = (+):
 Pattern method
 Concept of zero method
Days 17 & 18
 Write/recognize fraction division story problems from the “how many groups” perspective
 Draw pictures to solve fraction division problems
 Understand why we ‘invert and multiply” to divide fractions from the “how many groups?” perspective.
 Understand and solve fraction division problems using the “divide the numerators” method
 Interpret remainders from a “how many groups” division stoy problem
Day 19
 Write/recognize division story problems from the “how many in one group?” perspective.
 Distinguish fraction division story problems from fraction multiplication story problems (distinguish dividing in half from dividing by one half.)
 Use double number lines to solve fraction division problems and relate to the invert and multiply procedure
Day 20
 Write division story problems involving decimals using both the “How many groups?” and “How many in one group?” perspectives
 Use decimal squares and manipulatives to model both the “How many groups?” and “How many in one group?” perspectives of decimal division
 Justify why we can divide two decimals by shifting the decimal point of both the dividend and divisor the same number of decimal places
 Recognizing fraction division problems as ratio problems.
Day 21
 Solve ratio & proportion problems in multiple ways
 Use strip diagrams to solve ratio problems and explain their use.
 Use ratio tables to solve problems
Day 22
 Solve percent increase or decrease problems using percent tables, diagrams, and symbolic means.
 Understand the difference between percentage point increase/decrease and percent increase/decrease
Day 24
 Explore the remainders and length of repetend, resulting from long division in converting a fraction to a decimal
 Use an argument about remainders to identify when a fraction’s decimal representation will terminate (remainder = 0) and when it will repeat (remainder repeats)
 Justify why the prime factorization of the denominator of a simplified fraction allows us to determine if a fraction will terminate or repeat.
 Use algebra and a system of equations to write a fraction for a repeating decimal
 Know the value of 0.999…
Day 25
 Explore multiple ways to solve story problems including algebraic equations and strip diagrams.
Day 26
 Determine if a given sequence is arithmetic, geometric, or neither
 Write successive terms and formula for arithmetic or geometric sequences
 Given a figure or table of values, write the expression that arises from either an arithmetic or geometric sequence
 Connect features of a linear function with features of corresponding graph and table (intercept, slope)
Day 27
 Use Additivity and Moving Principles to find the area of a variety of geometric figures
 Know and apply formula for area of rectangle & parallelogram
 Understand a variety of ways to develop the formula for the area of a triangle
 Use appropriate units for area
Day 28
 Develop Pick’s formula and use it to find the area of figures whose vertices lie on lattice points
 See connections between Pick’s formula and graph
 See how the domain of a function affects how the graph is drawn
 Justify the formula for the area of a trapezoid
Day 29
 Understand the meaning of π
 Develop a rationale for the formula of the area of a circle
Day 30
 Use dimensional analysis and alternate methods to find the area of an irregular shape
 Estimate the area of an irregular figure by finding an upper and lower bound of the area.
Day 31
 Know that while perimeter and area are not always directly related, perimeter can give insight into the maximum area of a shape.
 Consider the historical perspectives of the Pythagorean Theorem
 Describe/explain the Pythagorean Theorem proof covered in class
 Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems
Day 32
 Determine if a square of given area can be made on a geoboard and provide a convincing explanation
Day 33
 Find surface area of various solids including: polyhedra, prisms, pyramids, cylinders and cones
Day 34
 Find surface area and volume of polyhedra and other solids
 Understand how volume can be calculated using repeated fillings of water
 Relate formulas for the volume of a pyramid to the volume of a prism that has the same base and the same height, (or for a cone that has the same base and height as a cylinder, or for a sphere that has the same diameter as thdiameter and height of a
Day 35
 Create and interpret common data displays
 Consider different types of questions that we can ask about display of data
 Recognize common errors and misleading practices associated with displays
 Write questions for the three levels of questions related to graphs/displays
Day 36
 Recognize mean, median and mode as measures of center and identify which is most appropriate to use for a given data set
 View mean as “leveling out” and see how this corresponds to the way we calculate it
 Use the compensation method for finding the mean
 Solve problems about the mean
 Create data sets with different means and medians
Day 37
 Compute a course percent grade when given weighted components.
 Solve problems involving GPA.
 Report and interpret percentiles
 Understand why a “measure of spread” is important in adequately describing a data set
 Create and interpret graphical displays showing the spread of data
Day 38
 Compute measures of spread:
 MAD (Mean Absolute Deviation)
 standard deviation
 Use standard deviation and mean to answer questions about a data set
 Understand the basic idea of a normal distribution
 Compute zscores and use to compare performance
Day 39
 Understand what is meant by theoretical and experimental probability
 Use a tree diagram to represent possible outcomes and probabilities associated with the outcomes, with and without replacement
Day 40
 Use a tree diagram to represent and solve a variety of conditional probability problems

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