50 problem-solving lessons: The best from 10 years of math by Marilyn Burns

By Marilyn Burns

For a few years, Marilyn Burns has produced a publication for academics. each one publication comprises classroom-tested actions from lecturers around the state. This compilation provides the newsletters' top problem-solving classes for grades 1-6. the teachings span the strands of the maths curriculum and are illustrated with kid's paintings.

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GRADE STRAND 1 NUMBER 2 GEOMETRY 3 MEASUREMENT 4 STATISTICS 5 PROBABILITY 6 PATTERNS AND FUNCTIONS ALGEBRA LOGIC Making Recording Books Materials Relating math to classroom routines – 12-by-18-inch construction paper, one sheet per gives children the opportunity to see the usefulness of mathematics in real settings. The following is an example of a math experience that emerged from students needing to have books in which to record classroom activities. Bonnie Tank presented this lesson to first graders in San Francisco, California.

31 50 PROBLEM-SOLVING LESSONS direction to help them prepare their presentations. She asked them to review what they had written on their papers. “Then practice explaining to each other what you did,” Bonnie told them, “so you’ll be ready to share with the whole class. Also, decide how you’ll share. ” Bonnie finds that preparation like this helps students’ presentations go more smoothly. Following are similar problems that Christie and Bonnie have given to their students: - A manufacturer needs wheels for 5 bicycles and 4 tricycles.

Lauren asked. David nodded, and the class settled down. He began again. “Craig, Roger, and I were walking to school, and we found 50 cents. We turned the money in to the office. ” “Too bad it’s make-believe,” Roger commented. David then presented the problem to the class. He asked the students to figure out how much each of the three people would get if they shared the 50 cents equally. “Then write about how you solved the problem,” David said. Chapter 5 of A Collection of Math Lessons From Grades 1 Through 3 (see the Bibliography on page 179) presents four lessons designed to help third graders build their number sense and their understanding of division.

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