Features and Benefits


  • Expanded Lesson Activities for each mathematics topic covered help students further explore how to use lessons in the classroom.
  • Artifact Analysis Activities contain audio and visual records of students interacting with mathematics, accompanied by questions that focus on the analysis of student thinking.
  • Activities for Developing Mathematics Content Knowledge are designed to assess and develop your mathematics content understanding and focus on areas where people typically have misconceptions.
  • Learning units on Building Teaching Skills and Dispositions allow teacher candidates to practise and strengthen skills that are essential to effective teaching. They are presented with the core skill or concept, given multiple opportunities to practice their understanding of this concept through interactive media, offered quality feedback, and then presented with an assessment to measure learning.
  • Video Assignments include a robust selection of classroom videos accompanied by a set of questions.
  • Sample Lessons that allow teacher candidates to apply math in the classroom environment.
  • The Lesson Plan Builder is an easy-to-use tool that allows teacher candidates to create, update, and share quality lesson plans.
  • An assignment calendar allows instructors to assign graded activities, with specific deadlines, and measure student progress.
  • The Pearson eText allows students to access their textbook anytime, anywhere, and any way they want—including on their iPad or Android tablet.


  • The Big Ideas section at the beginning of each chapter in Section II provides a list of key mathematical ideas associated with the chapter. Teachers find these lists helpful for quickly getting a picture of the mathematics they are teaching.
  • Mathematics Content Connections provide brief descriptions of other content areas in mathematics that are related to the content of each chapter in Section II. These lists help students be more aware of the potential interaction of content as they plan lessons, diagnose students’ difficulties, and learn more about the mathematics they are teaching.
  • Formative Assessment Note icons provide a short description of ways to assess the topics presented in each section of the text. Assessment is an integral part of instruction. Similarly, it makes sense for teacher candidates to think about what they should be listening for (assessing) as they explore different areas of content development. Reading these assessment notes will help teacher candidates understand how best to help their students.
  • Writing to Learn questions help teacher candidates reflect on the important pedagogical ideas related to the content in each chapter.


  • Activities can be found in every chapter of Section II and have always been rated by readers as one of the most valuable parts of the book. Some activity ideas are described directly in the text and in the illustrations. Others are presented in the numbered Activity boxes. Every activity is a problem-based task and is designed to engage students in doing mathematics.
  • Technological tools have been integrated throughout Section II and are important resources for learning mathematics. An icon is used to identify those places within the text or activity where a technology idea or resource is discussed. Descriptions include open-source (free) software, applets, and other Web-based resources, as well as calculator ideas.
  • The Literature Connections end-of-chapter resource contains examples of great children’s literature for launching into the mathematics concepts.
  • Discussion and Exploration questions ask teacher candidates to explore an issue related to the chapter’s content, applying what they’ve learned.