Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Exploring Place Value Strategies While Journaling - Section 1: Warm Up


The students already know how to add and subtract, but knowing what I do now because of the Common Core, I have inserted many opportunities for students to solve work in their own way and journal about those solutions, before I introduce a new strategy or concept. 

In doing this, I allow children to make their own sense before I scaffold them up. I have also found that I can teach "in the moment" and just add to their thinking, rather than asking them to think like me. Building on their prior knowledge, while they are applying that knowledge, makes learning seamless and important at the moment it is presented. 

Expanded notation was just that today…important for the moment. 

  Using Prior Knowledge to Introduce a New Concept
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Using Prior Knowledge to Introduce a New Concept
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Exploring Place Value Strategies While Journaling

Unit 9: Place Value
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to solve an addition problem and defend their thinking using a journal response.

Big Idea: Journaling and using precise language is an essential element in a student's growth in mathematical understanding.

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Math, Place Value, Number Sense and Operations, Addition Strategies, math models, journaling
  45 minutes
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