# Geometry in grades 1-8

Professor Hlas

hlascs (@) uwec.edu

Hibbard 530

*Life without geometry is pointless.*

—unknown

## Course Information

This course includes mathematical knowledge for teachers based on practice & content standards. Topics include:

- geometry as shape
- measurement
- transformations
- non-linear functions

This course helps students meet the following Liberal Education Learning Outcome:

- S2. Use mathematical, computational, statistical, or formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, and determine the validity of stated claims.

More course information is posted on D2L.

### Goals

- Develop a productive disposition towards elementary mathematics
- Explain why mathematical ideas work

### Structure

- Daily warm-up activities, typically for discussion
- Weekly quizzes
- One midterm examination
- Comprehensive final exam

### Materials

- Beckmann, S. (2014). Mathematics for Elementary Teachers with Activities, 4th edition (rental text)

I recommend printing Class Activities in D2L so you do not need to bring the book to class. - Calculators
**are**allowed, but are not required. Devices with wireless capabilities (e.g., cell phones) are not allowed on assessments. - Recommended review: Algebra rules

### Research background

- Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
- CCSS Learning Progressions
- Better learning through hand writing (Science Daily, 2011)
- Nix the Tricks (Cardone)
- Improve students' learning with effective learning techniques (Dunlosky, et al., 2013, page 45)