Expert guidance on improving teaching and learning in elementary math

This book distills an array of instructional tools, lesson planning templates, and best-practice strategies along with hands-on student activities into one easy-to-use resource. In clear and simple language, the authors explain how to use performance criteria and assessments to design effective, standards-based lessons that build essential mathematical problem-solving skills as well as in-depth understanding of mathematical concepts. The book features extensive sample lessons on reproducible worksheets focusing on patterns, computation, fractions, and measurement, all broken down by grade level.  Grades K-5


Joanne Picone-Zocchia and Giselle O. Martin-Kniep, PhD, are leaders of Communities for Learning (Floral Park, NY), a professional development organization involved in school leadership and teacher training efforts.


From the Back Cover

SupportingMathematical Learning

Supporting Mathematical Learning distills best-practice strategies in instruction and assessment along with dozens of hands-on lesson activities into one easy-to-use resource. Written with input from math teachers, the book shows how to develop students' mathematical proficiency by engaging them in high quality activities aimed at building conceptual understanding as well as computational skills. The book provides tools for creating rigorous, standards-based lessons and will help teachers:

  • Design diversified assessments
  • Set explicit performance criteria
  • Use question strategies to advance learning
  • Make effective use of math problems
  • Sample lessons, divided by grade level, comprise over half the book. Each lesson features student activities on reproducible worksheets and includes differentiation suggestions.

Praise for Supporting Mathematical Learning

"Pick up this book and you'll find yourself engaged with the content immediately. The authors have blended specific subject matter and teaching strategies to provide both new and experienced teachers with a wealth of practical information."
—Dawn Pruszynski, curriculum support teacher, K–5 Mathematics, Penfield Central School District, New York

"This book is written for novice and experienced teachers alike, who are seeking strategies to put to immediate use in their classrooms. It clarifies advice often given, but not easily applied in practice, by answering the teacher's question, 'I know what my students need, but how do I do it?'"
—Sandra Kappmeyer Zander, Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York

"Supporting Mathematical Learning provides a comprehensive guide for creating a student-centered math classroom that addresses the relevant research with practical classroom examples. The sample lessons allow readers to envision these practices across the grades and content strands and provide inspiration for new lessons."
—Allison Krenn, math coach, PS 85, New York,New York


About the Author

Joanne Picone-Zocchia is a professional developer who serves as vice president of both Learner Centered Initiatives, Ltd., and Communities for Learning, consulting organizations committed to improvements in school leadership, teaching, and professional development practices.

Giselle O. Martin-Kniep, Ph.D. is president of Learner-Centered Initiatives, Inc. and CEO of Communities for Learning.


This book is co-published with Communities for Learning: Leading Lasting Change.

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787988766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787988760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 11 inches

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