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Math Pathways & Pitfalls: Fractions and Decimals with Algebra Readiness, Lessons and Teaching Manual, Grades 4-6

By Carne Barnett-Clarke, Alma Ramirez

With Debra Coggins

$165.00 $115.50


This volume of our Math Pathways & Pitfalls K–8 curriculum helps students tackle stubborn pitfalls head-on and transform them into pathways for learning key standards for grades 4–6, including fractions, decimals, and algebraic reasoning. In rigorous research studies, Math Pathways & Pitfalls significantly increased student achievement for diverse students, including for English language learners, in all grades tested.

Math Pathways & Pitfalls lessons and instructional strategies:

  • Help students master key mathematical standards.
  • Include concepts important for algebra readiness.
  • Provide students with guided and independent practice.
  • Support academic language development.
  • Add value to any adopted curriculum.
  • Prevent common pitfalls on homework and standardized assessments.

This all-in-one book contains everything a teacher needs to teach Math Pathways & Pitfalls with ease and success, including:

  • 22 complete lessons
  • Teaching manual
  • DVD video footage of Math Pathways & Pitfalls in action
  • CD with black line masters of student handouts, classroom quizzes, answer keys, and resources
  • Discussion Builders classroom poster
  • Teacher professional development tasks, activities, and video footage

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-914409-60-1
Copyright: 2010
Format: Multimedia
Pages: 368
Publisher: WestEd

Praise for this Resource

  • Math Pathways & Pitfalls helps students improve their critical thinking and mathematics skills through uncovering why the obvious answer is sometimes wrong and why the right answer works.

    Henry Phillips, Elementary Principal
  • The misconceptions and pitfalls that Math Pathways & Pitfalls uncovers and corrects are ones that teachers and students have historically dealt with: from place value and number errors in the early grades, to whole number and rational number confusion in the upper grades. Using the methods in this book, teachers and students ‘get it.’

    Susan Gruebele, Elementary Assistant Principal
  • The dual focus on student thinking and discourse is critical to helping teachers learn to be more effective.

    Edward A. Silver, Professor of Education and Mathematics, University of Michigan