Heinemann Releases ‘Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra: Strategies for Building Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary Grades’

October 25, 2011



“This wonderfully accessible book, written in ways that place the reader in the center of a thinking, questioning, and reasoning classroom, provides teachers with practical strategies and explicit techniques for making these critical connections.”
Steven Leinwand, author of Accessible Mathematics


Heinemann has released Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra—a new professional development guide that invites readers to learn about a crucial component of algebraic thinking: investigating the behavior of the operations. Nationally-known math educators Susan Jo Russell (TERC), Deborah Schifter (EDC), and Virginia Bastable (SummerMath for Teachers) and a group of collaborating teachers describe how elementary teachers can shape their instruction so that students learn to:

  • notice and describe consistencies across problems

  • articulate generalizations about the behavior of the operations

  • develop mathematical arguments based on representations to explain why such generalizations are or are not true.


Through such work, students become familiar with properties and general rules that underlie computational strategies—including those that form the basis of strategies used in algebra—strengthening their understanding of grade-level content and at the same time preparing them for future studies. Each chapter is illustrated by lively episodes drawn from the classrooms of collaborating teachers in a wide range of settings. These provide examples of posing problems, engaging students in productive discussion, using representations to develop mathematical arguments, and supporting both students with a wide range of learning profiles.*

This book is now available for purchase on Heinemann’s website. An accompanying Course Facilitator’s Guide will be available for purchase in January 2012.

*Descriptive text courtesy of Heinemann