Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Prep for CCSS Assessments: Explaining Estimation in Writing Part 1 - Section 4: Plan Like This: Teacher Think Aloud


As much as I would like to say that this whole lesson can be taught in one class session, it can't. My 4th graders are not accustomed to writing well about math or any expository piece. I knew that I would only get them to plan their writing today because planning writing should be taught in such detail that the actual writing will be more fluent. I know that if I spend the time today, it will carry over into other writing assignments and give them a strategy that will make their standardized test writing less frustrating. This gives us a chance to also practice writing standards, killing two birds with one stone and making students proficient in both areas at once.

The CCSS tests in the near future will require them to write detailed paragraphs. I think this little exercise is a great way to break open the barrier some of my students have with writing in general, and it gives me a chance to really see the level of their understanding about estimation. It also makes them face anything they don't quite understand because it forces them to write down a procedure, with reasons behind the procedure.

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Prep for CCSS Assessments: Explaining Estimation in Writing Part 1

Unit 11: Place Value
Lesson 11 of 14

Objective: SWBAT show understanding of place value through writing about rounding and estimation.

Big Idea: Integration of Math and Writing: Students will plan a thorough explanation of how they solved a subtraction problem involving estimation as they prepare for CCSS tests.

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