Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Color Mapping - Section 4: Exploration with Color Mapping


When I start a new concept with my students I start with simplicity.  There is so much research that says when learning a new concept a person needs to have a good foundation to build upon or hooks to connect it to.  Starting with the simplest form of a concept gives this foundation.  I've heard some people say "Well that is too easy for my students and they will get bored."  NOT SO!  I develop a culture of learning in my classroom where my students don't look at work as easy or hard but as a stair to climb to the next level.  If the work is easy they need to connect it to something else or if it is hard they need to use perseverance and effort to problem solve.  I also create a culture of learning where students look for connections within the math and everywhere around them.  The day before this lesson, I had my students label all of the states on the blank US map.  When we talked about the wagon wheel pattern, they had just practiced naming all the states. 

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Color Mapping

Unit 9: Measurement and Data
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: The students will be able to color in a map, or a shape, using the fewest number of colors possible. This will lead to discovering if the map is a Euler Circuit or Path.

Big Idea: Never more than four!

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united states map coloring
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