Reflection: Checks for Understanding Searching For Sea Stars: Developing Meaningful Questions Based on Data - Section 6: Wrap-up


While the mathematical content of this lesson is on-grade level and very straightforward, the content in which this skill is embedded is above-level.  My students are in a class for the gifted but this doesn't mean I should make assumptions about what they know or are able to do.  Just like all students, they have areas of strength and weakness.  It's critical that I monitor students throughout this activity to make certain that the skill of rounding to the closest ten and hundred is being talked about and applied. It's important that students who are struggling with the concept get a chance to talk it through and it's also important that they draw models.  I prefer open number lines for this, because if the values are placed on a pre-spaced number line (because neither I nor the children can draw even segments) than it becomes immediately clear which way to "go" when rounding to the closest ten or hundred.

In addition to checking for understanding at the skill level, I also asked students to write about their understanding of tens and hundreds.

Finally, I ask for feedback on the activity itself.  If there's something the majority of the class likes, i incorporate it into an activity in the future.  If there's something students disliked for a specific reason, or stumbled over, I make modifications to meet their individual needs and also modify how I teach related lessons.  

  Does This Activity Meet the Needs of My Students?
  Checks for Understanding: Does This Activity Meet the Needs of My Students?
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Searching For Sea Stars: Developing Meaningful Questions Based on Data

Unit 8: Place Value Practice
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT locate, record and interpret information from a scientific database and record that data on a graph after rounding to the nearest ten. They will ask quantitative and qualitative questions related to the data represented on the graph.

Big Idea: Learn how data can guide us to ask different types of mathematical questions!

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Math, rounding, addition, subtraction, word problems, 3rd Grade, using a database
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