Reflection: Rounding - It's all SITUATIONAL! - Section 3: Concept Development


I was SO happy, as you can tell by this silly clapping in my video.   Don't get my wrong, I still have some students that truly make me think and question what my next move is going to be, because they aren't getting it.  I'm so grateful for the extra half an hour we have built into our scheduled where I can re-teach these students.  It has proven to be extremely valuable and helpful.  

Context, context, context.  It really is my believe and even I get bogged down with the laundry list of things I feel like I need to do that sometimes I don't place as much emphasis on the context that I KNOW I should.  Today was a perfect example and a slap in the face for me as to why context is so important.  Mathematics out of context doesn't make sense.  We, as teachers need to help students and give them contexts for mathematics and suddenly their brains start popping on like popcorn.  Rounding today seemed effortless for many of them, even when rounding to the ten thousands place or hundred thousands.  The context was it!  

My students don't have school tomorrow and we have a quiz on Wednesday.  The following are four learzillion links that I emailed parents this afternoon for those wanting to help their child study and feel prepared for our Thursday quiz:

  Much Better!!
  Much Better!!
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Rounding - It's all SITUATIONAL!

Unit 8: Place value
Lesson 8 of 14

Objective: SWBAT use place value understanding to round multi-digit numbers to any place value using real world contexts.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students wrestle with problems in context in order to make conjectures about rounding in daily situations.

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Math, Place Value, Number Sense and Operations, rounding, problem solving, large numbers, vertical number line
  65 minutes
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