Reviewing Word Nerds, Beyond the Bubble, Number Sense Routines, and Math Sense

September 19th, 2013

Rose Cappelli, coauthor with Lynne Dorfman of Mentor Texts, Nonfiction Mentor Texts, and Poetry Mentor Texts, recently had some time to catch up on her professional reading and posted reviews on her blog for Word Nerds by Brenda Overturf, Leslie Montgomery, and Margot Holmes Smith.

“In Word Nerds, the authors skillfully show teachers how they can not only use direct vocabulary instruction, but also embed the teaching of vocabulary across the day so that students truly own the words,” writes Rose. You can read her full review and browse her blog here.

The September issue of Teaching Children Mathematics, published by NCTM, included two reviews of Stenhouse math books. “By offering suggestions for differentiation and grouping students according to levels of understanding, this well-organized book encourages a powerful approach to mathematics instructions,” writes reviewer Carrie S. Cutler of Beyond the Bubble: How to Use Multiple-Choice Tests to Improve Math Instruction, Grades 4-5 by Maryann Wickett and Eunice Hendrix-Martin. You can read the full review here.

Jessica Shumway’s recent book Number Sense Routines: Building Numerical Literacy Every Day in Grades K-3 also received a nice nod from NCTM reviewer Patricia Hunsader, who points out that the book can not only help teachers, but also can be useful for parents in integrating the development of numerical literacy into daily family routines. She says that in her book Jessica “illustrates just how crucial number sense is to the development of children’s mathematical power, and how the thinking that students employ during their daily warm-up routines naturally spills over into the body of the math lesson, regardless of content.” Read the full review here.

“This book is a great resource for beginning and experienced teachers as they transition to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. It is an easy and clear read. After a teacher has read it once, it will be a resource for his or her library that can serve for years to come,” writes reviewer Tamara Wilson in the November issue of Mathematics Teaching in Middle School about Christine Moynihan’s recent book Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction. Read the full review here.

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