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Measurement Session 10: Classroom Case Studies
Session 10 Session 10 6-8 Part A Part B Part C Homework
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Session 10, Grades 6-8, Part A:
The Concept of Area (25 minutes)

To begin exploring what the teaching of measurement might look like in the classroom, participants in the Measurement course first re-examined the big ideas around one topic: area. They considered how students make sense of these ideas and discussed ways to present these concepts to middle school learners.

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Video Segment
In this video segment, six teachers discuss some of the important concepts involving area encountered by students in grades 6-8.

If you are using a VCR, you can find this segment on the session video approximately 3 minutes and 41 seconds after the Annenberg Media logo.



Problem A1


Answer the following questions based on your experiences in the course and what you saw in the video:


What concepts and skills did the teachers mention were important for students to understand?


Based on your own experiences, what content do students find difficult when studying area?


What types of activities might be used to help students make sense of these concepts and skills?


Thinking back to the big ideas of this course, what are some other ideas that students should encounter to help extend and deepen their understanding of the topic of area?


Problem A2


Choose one of the concepts that you listed for Problem A1 and describe an instructional activity that you might use to help students grasp that concept.


Problem A3


In the video segment, Mr. Cellucci and the other teachers discuss the importance of activities in which students actually measure objects, such as going outside to measure shadows and calculate heights. Is it important for older students to engage in measurement activities, or are they able to make sense of the material at an abstract level? In general, what role do manipulative materials play in helping students understand measurement concepts?


Join the discussion! Post your answer to Problem A3 on Channel Talk; then read and respond to answers posted by others.


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