It begin with a class talk about what do good problem solvers do and then the students dove into the measurement problem! The room was full of math thinkers, approaching the problem using a variety of strategies from representing addition with unifix cubes, to building the picture with base 10 blocks, deconstructing numbers to add, sharing thinking, risk-taking, celebrating learning and the best part...happy student faces while problem solving!!!!!
These grade 1 students were working hard on a subtraction word problem by making pictures in their heads, showing their understanding using visual models and constructing their thinking with manipulatives...plus gallery walks, celebrating thinking and taking time to reflect on where their learning is!!!!
These grade 2 students were presented with a choice in measurement problems and the energy and thinking in the class was amazing. Lots of different addition strategies were used and students were excited and collaborating with each other!
These grade 4 students are working through some frustrations and helping each other work through a math problem. Way to show some GRIT!!!
Grade 4 students are solving math word problems and are starting their problem solving plan with awesome visual models to represent their thinking and show the picture of the problem. YIPPEE!!!!!
Grade 2 students were putting on their thinking caps and trying to solve this problem using a number of different strategies and representations of their thinking:
A family went on a safari and they saw the following number of animals
- 7 Gazelle
- 3 more Wildebeest than Gazelle
- 2 more Zebras than Wildebeest
How many animals did they see all together?
The grade 5 math teachers have a room each day dedicated to solving rich tasks. Students have choice in the problem they want to solve and use their understandings gained from workshops to apply it to real-world problems. They collaborate with each other and get messy with math! The level of engagement of the students was awesome to see and hear!
Students were learning how to solve an addition word problem in grade 1. So many wonderful ways students were able to show their thinking and celebrate their thinking with each other. CAN I GET A "WOOP WOOP" and an "OH YA!"
Tom modeled his division thinking for solving 81 / 6. A great example of a student making sense of math and explaining his thinking. Sweet!