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Making Math Meaningful to Canadian Students, K-8, 3rd Edition

  • ISBN-10: 017658255X
  • ISBN-13: 9780176582555
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

In this new edition, Dr. Marian Small combines her wealth of research and practical experience to create this thorough, yet very accessible resource. Making Math Meaningful provides teachers with insight on how to make mathematics make sense to students and capture their interest. An invaluable reference for teachers who often have not had specialist training in mathematics, yet are expected to teach sophisticated curriculum to a diverse student population. Uniquely Canadian, this resource is filled with samples from Canadian student texts and attention to Canadian curricula.


  • Activities and ideas for teaching mathematics, along with sample responses showing how students typically answer, in order to help teachers understand what they will see in the classroom are included throughout the text.

  • The text contains charts with common errors and misconceptions, along with strategies to deal with them for each content topic.

  • The In a Nutshell feature helps you focus on the main ideas presented in each chapter

  • Teaching Tips are presented throughout the text, and reflect the type of advice an experienced teacher may offer

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: How Students Learn Math and What Math We Want Them to Learn
Chapter 2: Focusing Instruction on Big Ideas and Mathematical Processes
Chapter 3: Assessment and Evaluation
Chapter 4: Planning Instruction
Chapter 5: A Focus on Problem Solving
Chapter 6: A Focus on Communication
Chapter 7: Early Numbers
Chapter 8: Early Operations
Chapter 9: Developing Fact Fluency
Chapter 10: Representing Larger Whole Numbers
Chapter 11: Estimation and Calculation Strategies with Larger Whole Numbers
Chapter 12: Fractions
Chapter 13: Decimals
Chapter 14: Ration and Proportion
Chapter 15: Extending the Number System to Negative and Irrational Numbers
Chapter 16: Patterns and Algebra
Chapter 17: 3-D and 2-D Shapes
Chapter 18: Location and Movement
Chapter 19: The Nature of Measurement, and a Focus on Length and Area
Chapter 20: Capacity, Volume, Mass, Time, Temperature, and Angles
Chapter 21: Data
Chapter 22: Probability

New to this edition

  • A text brings forth a renewed focus on the big ideas in math and how to teach toward them, including discussion of proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and spatial reasoning.
  • A new, separate chapter has been included with regards to the acquisition of number facts
  • The text features expanded attention to solving proportions, including visual models, more detailed information on integers to encompass order of operations, exponents, and irrational numbers, and significant changes related to new perspectives of fraction instruction.
  • Significant changes were brought forth in the pattern and algebra chapter, with greater attention to the link between pattern and algebra, and more material with respect to algebra.
  • MindTap for Making Math Meaningful is a personalized teaching experience with engaging assignments that help students connect concepts to the real world. Critical thinking is encouraged through analysis, application, and reflection.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

MindTap Printed Access Card (6 Months) for Making Math Meaningful, 3e  (ISBN-10: 0176744029 | ISBN-13: 9780176744021)
Online Only Instructor's Resources to accompany Small's Making Math Meaningful, Third Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176720391 | ISBN-13: 9780176720391)
Facilitator’s Guide Instant Access for Making Math Meaningful, Third Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176769331 | ISBN-13: 9780176769338)

Student Supplements

eBook: Making Math Meaningful to Canadian Students  (ISBN-10: 0176755454 | ISBN-13: 9780176755454)
MindTap Instant Access (6 Months) for Making Math Meaningful, 3e  (ISBN-10: 0176743987 | ISBN-13: 9780176743987)

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