50 problem-solving lessons: The best from 10 years of math by Marilyn Burns

By Marilyn Burns

For a few years, Marilyn Burns has produced a e-newsletter for lecturers. every one publication comprises classroom-tested actions from lecturers around the kingdom. This compilation offers the newsletters' top problem-solving classes for grades 1-6. the teachings span the strands of the maths curriculum and are illustrated with kid's paintings.

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Carolyn then asked the children to reconstruct their trains of cubes so they could investigate that information. Grouping the class train into 10s revealed 80 cubes this time. April’s observation resolved the discrepancy. “Matthew isn’t here,” she said. The class chart of numbers showed that no one present had recorded eight feet, so that must have been Matthew’s number. The experience gave Carolyn the chance to talk with the students about several things—how to make sense out of numbers, the importance of checking work, and the benefit of sharing ideas with others.

Mohammad and Mark carefully drew two raccoons with their front feet in the water, one with its back feet in the water, and a third outside the water. 32 GRADE STRAND 1 NUMBER 2 GEOMETRY 3 MEASUREMENT 4 STATISTICS 5 PROBABILITY 6 PATTERNS AND FUNCTIONS ALGEBRA LOGIC Lessons with Geoboards Materials The geoboard is an excellent tool for – Geoboards, one per student – Rubber bands – Geoboard dot paper, at least one sheet per helping students explore shapes and examine their properties. Bonnie Tank taught these two lessons to a class of second graders in San Francisco, California.

April’s observation resolved the discrepancy. “Matthew isn’t here,” she said. The class chart of numbers showed that no one present had recorded eight feet, so that must have been Matthew’s number. The experience gave Carolyn the chance to talk with the students about several things—how to make sense out of numbers, the importance of checking work, and the benefit of sharing ideas with others. 8 tens 8 ones 88 Most of the children were not concerned that the results differed. The few who were troubled couldn’t explain why.

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