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Problem Solving in Math - Example



Problem Solving in Math Example: Gallery Walk with Patterning & Algebra

What are the goals?


  • describe and extend a geometric pattern 
  • make predictions related to this pattern 
  • investigate this problem with manipulatives 
  • ask questions present findings and 
  • express the patterning rule 


What, specifically, will I focus on?

Patterning Problem to: describe and extend a geometric pattern make predictions related to this pattern investigate this problem with manipulatives ask questions present findings and express the patterning rule.

How will I know if I am making progress towards my goal?

We will begin with a whole group discussion of the problem posed in class.

Minds on:


  1. We will engage in a think/pair/share about what a particular math problem is asking us to do, then take it up with the class until everyone understood what the problem was asking of them.
  2. Next, we will made a plan in groups of 2 - 3 with grid chart paper and interlocking cubes to organize their thinking and solve the problem 
Action:


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  1. Students will carry out their plans. 
  2. As they do, teacher can observe, take anecdotal notes, and ask key questions to aid in comprehension. 
Consolidation: Gallery Walk


  1. Hang solutions on wall.
  2. Students will take sticky notes and took a gallery walk around the room to view each solution.
  3. As they view, they will ask questions about the group's solutions. 
  4. Each group will have an opportunity to present their answers to the sticky note questions. 
  5. Make plans to include more math processes including questioning, and reflecting and connecting.


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