Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Making Sense? - Section 1: Warm Up!


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I noticed several students needed support explaining how they solved their answers. For instance, some students could not explain why they needed to use different operations to problem solve.  According to Common Core students should know which operations are needed to solve the problem. Drawing pictures or using models will help students understand what the problem is asking. They should check the reasonableness of their answer using mental computation and estimation strategies. I stopped the lesson for a moment and work through a problem with them.  As we worked on solving a word problem, I used models, drawings, and allowed students to explain how and why I used the models, and drawings to help me solve.  As we move toward the computation portions of the problem, I pointed out key-words that can help them determine what operation to use when solving and why. I repeat this process a couple of times to make sure students have a better understanding of how to explain how they problem solved.


  Discourse and Questioning: What I notice!
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Making Sense?

Unit 1: Back To Understanding the Basics!
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: SWBAT Solve multi-step word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations.

Big Idea: In this lesson students will be discussing, explaining, and demonstrating how to solve multi-step word problems to understand how to logically explain how to problem solve.

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