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Day 86: Create a Design

My 5th grade advance students began their exploration of fractions shortly before the winter break through a series of tasks cards. Each card had specific information about the design to be drawn and the only limitation was the size of … Continue reading

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Day 75: The Candy Shoppe

During the summer I took Jo Boaler’s online course How to Learn Math. It was incredible. One of the assignments was to revise a problem or activity to make it more open. The result was The Candy Shoppe Problem. By … Continue reading

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Day 63: Number of the Day Place Value Review

Today was all about a trip down memory lane. The Number of the Day task was to tap students’ prior knowledge about place value concepts and basic operations, all in preparation for our upcoming unit on decimals. (Yes, I know … Continue reading

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Days 49: Towes Knows Clothes

I love this problem! I love watching my 5th grade advanced students engage in the struggle necessary to reach a solution. I love watching the wheels in their heads turn and those moments of realization when something has been figured … Continue reading

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Day 32: What’s the Story?

What’s the story behind the expression? That was the question posed to my 5th grade advanced math class. After all, expressions are not just a collection of numbers and symbols, rather representative of something else; a scenario, a situation, or … Continue reading

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Day 27: Batters Up

Yup, my 5th grade advanced students had the chance to partake in another engaging activity presented by¬† Jane Felling at NCTM Baltimore. In this game, players select a given number of cards from a deck and arrange them to form … Continue reading

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Day 22: How to Learn Math

Towards the end of the summer, I participated in Jo Boaler’s online course through Stanford University titled, “How to Learn Math.” Today, I received my course certificate. While I learned a lot, it was the opportunities for reflection that resonated … Continue reading

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