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Session 10 Session 10 Grades 3-5 Part A Part B Part C Part D Part E Homework
 
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Session 10, Grades 3-5, Part E:
Critiquing Student Lessons (20 minutes)

In the grades 3-5 curriculum, students are frequently asked to think about patterns, but often their "pattern sniffing" skills end with simply finding the next object. Note 8

Problem E1

Solution  

a. 

What algebraic ideas are in this lesson?

b. 

How are patterns used in this lesson?

c. 

What mathematics do you think students would learn from this lesson?

d. 

Are there any misconceptions that students might develop from this lesson?

e. 

How would you modify the problem, or what additional questions might you ask, to incorporate the framework for analyzing patterns?


 

Problem E2

Solution  

a. 

What algebraic ideas are in this lesson?

b. 

How are patterns used in this lesson?

c. 

What mathematics do you think students would learn from this lesson?

d. 

Are there any misconceptions that students might develop from this lesson?

e. 

How would you modify the problem, or what additional questions might you ask, to incorporate the framework for analyzing patterns?


 

Problem E1 taken from Addison Wesley Mathematics, Grade 5 (Menlo Park, CA: Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley 1995).

Problem E2 taken from Investigations in Number, Data, and Space, Grade 4, by Susan Jo Russell (Menlo park, Calif.: Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley, 1997), p.14.

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