Reflection: Student Ownership Let's Practice Adding Four Addends! - Section 1: Hook /Whole Class Game


In this game, students coach each other to get the correct answer. This is a powerful activity because it allows student ownership and allows students to help each other, give positive feedback, give tips, and teach each other new or better strategies.  The first time you do this activity, you may be disappointed that students don't know how to coach each other or that they get frustrated easily--this is normal.  Keep allowing students time to coach each other and allow students to model what good coaching looks like.  Over time, this practice will enable students to truly own their learning and also enable to more deeply internalize the material since they are teaching the concepts to their peers.

Many times, I have students coach each other in one on one environments (one coach per each student).  In this game,  I  have larger groups because I want to encourage discussion and debate between students about their strategies and I want students to to be able to critique each other's work.  In this game, being a coach is as valuable as being the student who solves the problem.  However, if you feel like your students would benefit from a one on one coaching arrangement, the game can certainly be adapted for students to work in pairs. 


  Students can coach each other
  Student Ownership: Students can coach each other
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Let's Practice Adding Four Addends!

Unit 3: Adding Four Addends
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT use their own strategies to add four two-digit addends.

Big Idea: Students have been working on regrouping when using four two digit addends for the last two days. This lesson allows time for students to practice their strategies and work on making sure their work is accurate.

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Math, Differentiation, addition
  45 minutes
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