Reflection: Flexibility Is This Math or Isn't It? - Section 2: Sorting Math Examples


You have seen some of the student drawings, included in the Wrap-Up, that represent what students see as what is, or what is not, math. The labels describe briefly what the students explained about their drawings. My reflection video shares four examples of some of student thinking elicited from this activity.

Students did decide, as a class, that not everything with a number on it is math, and not everything that is without a number is not math. 

  Flexibility: Being Flexible
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Is This Math or Isn't It?

Unit 1: What and Where is Math?
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify the math all around them and explain their thinking.

Big Idea: Children are surrounded by reading, seeing words and letters all around them. They are not as aware of the numbers in their world. Children who recognize the numbers around them will gain a better understanding of how numbers help solve problems.

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Math, Measurement, Measurement and Methods, sorting, Argument (make sense of), Critique (reasoning of others)
  45 minutes
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