Modeling & using tools (MP4, MP5)

Helping All Students Learn Algebra

An eighth-grade algebra teacher talks about how he builds skills necessary for algebra concurrently with the teaching of algebra standards. He describes his method and shares experiences with linear equations that reflect a coherent approach to learning and skill development. The discussed tasks are available.

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Fraction Strip Game: Cover Up

A third-grade teacher uses this game to help students understand unit fractions and equivalences. Students work in pairs, following instructions to play two variations of the game. Making and Using Fraction Strips shows the game in use.

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What Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Fractions

Francis “Skip” Fennell describes the knowledge teachers need to teach fractions effectively, paying special attention to multiple strategies for representing problems involving fractions. He discusses the convergence of curriculum and explores why students and teachers have difficulty with certain fraction concepts.

FEATURING: Francis Fennell, McDaniel College

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Equal Sharing in Grade 1

Watch a teacher guide students through a problem set requiring fair sharing of objects and sets of objects. Using Sharing Cookies Worksheets, she provides differentiated challenges based on students’ skill level.

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Frank's Problem

Grade 6 students at Madison Elementary School use visual representations to present their solutions to Frank’s Fresh Farm Produce problem. The first page of the sample material has a statement of the problem, and the second page shows the student work from four different groups.


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Who Finishes When?

At Worthington Hooker School, pre-algebra students work on the Who Finishes When? problem. They use visual representations to interpret the information in the problem. This sample material has the problem statement.


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Problem Solving in Pre-Algebra

Watch as a teacher challenges her students with the real-world problem of a race in Who Finishes When?  Visual representations help students think about how the problem can be solved. Solution strategies employ tables, graphs, and linear equations.


FEATURING: Beth Klingher, Worthington Hooker School (CT)

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