

MTH 213  Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3)This course is intended for all prospective elementary and special education teachers in order to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematics they will teach in grades K6. Students will explore these mathematical ideas, justifying how and why they work while making connections to the classroom. Topics include place value, decimals, addition & subtraction strategies and algorithms, multiplication & division strategies and algorithms, and fractions. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to 1) identify important characteristics of the baseten system; 2) represent and interpret numbers in a variety of bases; 3) develop number sense with respect to magnitude of large numbers; 4) determine how the structure of word problems can impact the strategies young children use to solve them; 5) use and justify a variety of strategies for mathematical operations; 6) explain and use traditional and nontraditional algorithms; 7) use manipulatives, models, and number lines to represent decimal and fractional quantities in order to represent, compare, and order them; and 8) model and explain mathematical operations on decimal and fractional quantities. 

