Ch 11: Foundations of Teaching Math

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons to review information you'll need to teach math to children. Find out about types of numbers and order of operations, as well as assessment in mathematics and how to plan instruction that meets the children's needs.

Foundations of Teaching Math - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons look at the basic concepts and strategies for teaching math to young children. You'll review the different types of numbers and see examples showing the order of operations in math. Another lesson looks at how to interpret scientific data displayed in graphs and charts.

Our instructors will help you understand how children develop math skills and show you ways to identify problems that children may have when learning math. You'll also look at methods of adapting math lessons to meet each child's learning needs. After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify different types of numbers
  • Perform arithmetic with whole numbers
  • Understand the order of operations
  • Read graphs and charts used to display scientific data
  • Describe how young children develop math skills
  • Use assessment strategies to identify math difficulties in students
  • Plan instruction to create challenges for each student

You can watch these lessons as your schedule permits, on a computer or mobile device. Our instructors use practice problems and examples to help you learn, and the quizzes at the end of our lessons offer a quick way to assess your knowledge.

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Foundations of Teaching Math
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What are the Different Types of Numbers?

1. What are the Different Types of Numbers?

Learn all of the different types of numbers: natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and real numbers. This video lesson teaches you how to classify any numbers you come across.

Arithmetic with Whole Numbers

2. Arithmetic with Whole Numbers

There are four basic mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These four operations are used in a wide range of everyday skills and are the fundamental blocks of arithmetic.

What Is The Order of Operations in Math? - Definition & Examples

3. What Is The Order of Operations in Math? - Definition & Examples

The order of operations is the steps used to simplify any mathematical expression. In this video, learn how to solve problems using these steps and easy tricks to remember them.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

4. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

Mathematical Development in Children

5. Mathematical Development in Children

Read this lesson, and you'll be surprised at how quickly little children learn about math and how it applies to their little world. You'll learn what to look for at each age.

Mathematics Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood

6. Mathematics Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood

Math isn't just a school topic; it's actually a skill that children begin learning about soon after they begin talking. Learn what assessment strategies you can use to see how well your children are grasping their early math skills in this lesson.

Developmentally Appropriate Math Instruction

7. Developmentally Appropriate Math Instruction

In this lesson, we will learn developmentally appropriate ways to incorporate math instruction into your classroom. We will learn what it means to be developmentally appropriate, and then provide some effective learning strategies to make this possible in early childhood learning.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.