Reflection: Student Ownership Working with the Properties! - Section 6: Quiz-Quiz-Trade


The students worked on the quiz-quiz trade questions.  I began by modeling how it was suppose to work.  In order to monitor the situation, I had them work with their shoulder partner first to practice.  Once I say they could do it, I let them get up and move about the room.


Watch and listen to students implement this strategy.


As students were doing this activity, I too, had a card.  They were told to visit me at some point.  While working with the students, I realized that they were confused by the following problem


(a)(b)(c) = (b)(a)(c)

The students saw this as the associative property instead of the communtative property.  In the next classes, I made mention that they grouping symbols had to be around 2 numbers.  I explained that this statement could be re-written by doing a x b x c = b x a x c.  This way they could see the communtative property.  

  Student examples and a stinker of a problem
  Student Ownership: Student examples and a stinker of a problem
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Working with the Properties!

Unit 6: Expressions
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: SWBAT understand how to use the properties (Commutative, Associative, Identity).

Big Idea: Understanding properties will lay the ground-work for solving equations.

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