This resource defines the main mathematics
strands in the GEMS series, articulates how math is interwoven
throughout many GEMS guides, and demonstrates the strong alignment
of GEMS units with national mathematics standards, such as those
set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).The
handbook also features a lively and accessible presentation that
illuminates the main ideas and current approaches in contentrich
mathematics education. This presentation, entitled The Rainbow
of Mathematics, is an important component of GEMS professional
development efforts, and has been used successfully with teachers,
administrators, and parents, and at diverse community gatherings.
Several appendices provide clear, thorough definitions of mathematics
strands, correlations of specific GEMS guides to NCTM standards,
and further descriptions of the standards themselves. The handbook
includes a bibliography and a list of useful web resources, and
includes masters for use in the "Rainbow of Mathematics"
presentation.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
 Introduction
 The Rainbow of Mathematics Presentation
 The GEMS Mathematics Spectrum
Early Childhood Means Early Math Experiences
The GEMS K—4 Mathematics Program
Upper Elementary and Middle School
Science Guides Filled with Math
 Conclusion: Over the Rainbow—Real
Pots of Gold
 Appendix A: Mathematics Strands Further
Defined
Appendix B: Table—Math Strands in
All GEMS Guides
Appendix C: GEMS K—4 Math Guides
and NCTM Standards
Appendix D: More on NCTM Standards Old
& New
Appendix E Bibliography and Helpful Web
Links
Summary Outline for Presentation
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