This is my first year working with Common Core in my classroom. I have to say that I am truly enjoying these new standards in both Math and Language Arts. One of the features of the math standards, that I truly appreciate, but have also found challenging are the “Standards for Mathematical Practice”. These standards require students to solve problems, reason, explain, model, use tools, look for patterns, and so much more. Now that I have become very comfortable with the standards themselves, I have been looking for ways for my students to take their understanding of math bit further. I created math pages to get my students thinking “outside of the box”.
These pages ask my students to explain their understanding and strategies, while making observations. They also require students to reason to solve problems and find answers, and generate their own problems, based on their understanding. Here are some sample pages from each domain…
I plan to use these pages for students to complete in pairs or small groups. I may also use them at math centers, or as assessments.
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