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Math in Practice Grade 2 Pack

By Susan O'Connell, Allison Peet, John SanGiovanni

The Math in Practice Grade 2 Pack includes two books: Teaching Second-Grade Math and A Guide for Teachers.


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This product is part of the series:  The Math in Practice Series

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The Math in Practice Grade 2 Pack includes two books: Teaching Second-Grade Math and A Guide for Teachers

In tandem with the Guide for Teachers, Teaching Second-Grade Math puts best-practice instruction and deeper understanding at your fingertips.

  • All 15 second-grade modules begin with an About the Math section where foundational mathematical ideas, instructional goals, and learning progressions are explored.
  • The Ideas for Instruction and Assessment section contains lesson ideas, formative assessment options, and suggested questions for eliciting students’ mathematical thinking.
  • Extensive teacher notes that support instruction by addressing common misconceptions, differentiation options, and student thinking to look for.
  • Thinking Through a Lesson sections walk through an entire lesson, including the behind-the scenes thinking and reflection of a master teacher.
  • Additional Ideas for Support and Practice include tasks and center ideas to support students who need repeated exposure or different ways to access and understand a particular concept.

The Guide for Teachers is the linchpin of the entire series. It lays out key instructional ideas and approaches, providing a foundation for the accompanying grade-level books. Throughout the Guide for Teachers, you'll find what standards and research say about these topics, extensive support for effectively incorporating these strategies into your everyday instruction, and opportunities to reflect on your teaching. Explore instructional strategies such as.

  • asking questions that stimulate student thinking
  • exploring math concepts through modeling
  • using formative assessment to guide instruction.

Math in Practice is a comprehensive, grade-by-grade professional learning resource designed to fit with any math curriculum you are using. It identifies the big ideas of both math content and math teaching, unpacking key instructional strategies and detailing why those strategies are so powerful.

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In Depth

This book is about the teaching of mathematics to students in second grade. It does not focus solely on the content taught in second grade, because we recognize that math is about more than content. Our students are challenged to be able to use their math skills and knowledge, to be mathematical thinkers. It is not a book providing scripted lessons, because we recognize that the teaching of mathematics is not about reading scripts, but about listening to our students, making decisions, and having options for ways to support their math learning. It is not a book of activities, because we know that you can find activities everywhere, but rather a book filled with strong lesson ideas that are based on research-informed instructional strategies and can be modified to meet your students’ needs. It is about providing you with options that allow you to choose effective teaching strategies and identify tasks that link to the standards expected of your second-grade students.

This book is more about the teaching of students than the teaching of content. It addresses ways to engage students, help them visualize math ideas, support them as they solve problems, help them make connections and develop insights, build their confidence in math, and learn to love mathematics. Students who think mathematically, reason and solve problems, understand the way numbers work, and have a positive disposition about math have truly met today’s expectations. This book is about helping each of our students develop those skills.

— From the Introduction



“These materials are like Reading Strategies for math! My only complaint: Where was this when I was a classroom teacher?”

—Jennifer Serravallo, author of The Reading Strategies Book

“What a wonderful resource! Sue has written a great primer on what we need to know and be able to do in our elementary classrooms to be far more effective teachers of mathematics. What more could a teacher of K-5 math ask for?”

—Steve Leinwand, American Institutes for Research, author of Accessible Mathematics

“The pages of Math in Practice ring with a student-centered, teacher-empowering heart. Sue, as a friendly and knowledgeable mentor, models differentiated approaches for truly understanding key grade-level mathematical concepts. You then leave each section feeling empowered to do the same for students.”

—Chris Lehman, Founding Director of The Education Collaborative, coauthor of Falling in Love with Close Reading

“What a resource! The tone of each module in every grade-level book is helpful, supportive, and should make any teacher feel it was written for them. They are that helpful.”

—Francis (Skip) Fennell, L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education Emeritus, McDaniel College, Past President of NCTM


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