Reflection: High Quality Task Maps Math (Part 1) - Section 4: Team Work (Parts 1 and 2)


High Quality task provide students with opportunities to solve "real life" math problems.  These tasks are not controlled like the tasks in a text.  Students can find math is messy, that the answers don't always work out perfectly and there are many ways to approach a rich task.

This assignment is an example of a high quality task, It is important to recognize that tasks like this take more time than skill based assignments.  Students are required to apply computation skills as well as problem solving skills to complete these tasks. At first, I planned that the first 2 sections of the lessons would take only about 10 minutes.  Flexibility when teaching these lessons is essential because it is important to adjust plans to allow students the time they need.

Although students took a good amount of time working on mapping the route and then marking 10 mile intervals, something I wanted to happen quickly so we could "get to the math component" of the lesson, while circulating the room the value of allowing students time to complete these tasks became clear.  Students applied strategies of good mathematicians to complete these tasks.  They used mathematical reasoning, make mathematical arguments and judged reasonableness of themselves and others, and focused on precision.  Finding the "math" in all components of a high quality task is both meaningful and important.

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Maps Math (Part 1)

Unit 6: Bringing It All Together
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use mathematics skills to solve real life problems involving mapping.

Big Idea: Students use math skills including, problem solving, fractions, decimals, percents, time, measurement, and more to complete a community service project.

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Math, Fractions, Number Sense and Operations, time, percent, decimal, Rich Task
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