Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Fruit Mysteries - Section 2: Introducing Fruit Mysteries


These problems can be difficult for students.  There is terminology and conceptual challenges that can offer a challenge for students.  These problems add another piece of information, or rule, that students need to take into account.  

You want to make sure that the students understand the concept of more and could model with cubes (i.e. 4 is more than 2).  You also want to make sure that the students don't think that when a problem states that there are 5 apples and bananas, it means that there is 5 of each.  This is a common misconception as these types of problems are introduced.

  Importance of Clarity WIth This Introduction
  Grappling with Complexity: Importance of Clarity WIth This Introduction
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Fruit Mysteries

Unit 11: The Number 10 and the Addition and Subtraction Concept
Lesson 10 of 17

Objective: SWBAT identify relationships among different combinations of a number. SWBAT find a solution that fits the clues given in a story context.

Big Idea: Calling all Sleuths! Take out your magnifying glasses and get ready to solve some mathematical mysteries. Your young mathematicians will need to use the clues to try and solve each task. Good look Jr. Detectives and get to work!

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Math, 1st Grade, Finding Combinations, Rules, writing equations
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