Summer 2023 - EDUC 475 E200

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4424

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    EDB 8620.2, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU criminal records check.



Focuses on teaching elementary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking, and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Quantitative.


  • Mathematics Curriculum Assignment 20%
  • Unit Plan 20%
  • Journal Article Report 20%
  • Sample Year-Plan 20%
  • Activity Presentations 20%
  • Participation 0%


1. Mathematics Curriculum Assignment (20%)

This assignment is about becoming familiar with the redesigned mathematics curriculum. You will work in groups of 2 or 3 and investigate the progression of the content and curricular competencies.

2. Unit Plan (20%)

You will prepare a mathematics unit plan that incorporates relevant curriculum, learning activities and/or games, teaching strategies and methods for assessment.

3. Journal Article Report (20%)

For this assignment you will select two articles on an issue of your interest from the journal, Teaching Children Mathematics. You will submit a summary/critique paper on the articles.

4. Sample Year-Plan (20%)

This assignment can be worked on in groups of 2 or 3 but will be submitted individually. You will use the BC curriculum and course textbook/readings to make a mathematics year plan for the grade of your choice.

5. Activity Presentations (20%)

Working individually or with a partner, you will select and present two activities from the course textbook. You will also be required to write a short reflection/response for each activity.

6. Participation (0%)

Participation is mandatory for this course. This will take three forms – attendance, group work, and involvement in class discussion. If class is missed, please see me and a makeup assignment will be arranged.



Van de Walle, Karp, K., Bay-Williams, J., & McGarvey, L. (2021) Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Sixth Canadian Edition. Pearson Canada


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