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Monday, January 13, 2014

Problem Solving in Math

We do lots of problem solving in math. Sometimes the problems are just number stories that require using addition or subtraction to solve the problem. Sometimes the problems are multi-step problems that are similar to the Open Response problems that we do on test days. On Friday we did some problems like the second type. Our process was to read the problem together as a crew and make sure that we all understood what the problem was asking. Then we worked on solving the problem by ourselves for a few minutes. After that we worked with our table groups to come up with a solution. Working by ourselves first helped all of us have something to contribute to the group discussion. Finally we shared our thoughts with the whole crew and talked about how the process went. We are learning to collaborate with each other so we had lots to share. Below are the problems we worked on and some examples of the work done by a few students. The problems came from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) website, here.

Curious Cats 
Five curious cats went exploring in a freshly painted room. Four got paint on their front paws and one got paint on its back paws. How many paws didn't have any paint on them?

Use a Model 
Imagine that you have one penny, one nickel, and one dime. What amounts of money can you make using one, two, or all three coins? 

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