How Much Money in the Bowl?

This lesson write-up is for any 5th or 6th (or 7th) grade teacher who wants students to explore decimal concepts and refine decimal operations while exploring a compelling task that is engaging and accessible to all learners. Using an image from Andrew Stadel’s Estimation 180 page, students estimate, investigate, and then calculate the value of a bowl full of coins and demonstrate learning for 5.NBT.2, 5.NBT.7, and 6.NS.3. The write-up contains a lesson pathway with specific questions and instructional moves to consider, analysis of the opportunities for student learning, and other wisdoms and insights we learned from teaching this lesson as a part of a lesson inquiry.

Give it a try with your own students. And then tell me how it went. Let’s get better together.

Think Like A FitBit: Measuring What We Value

Welcome back math geeks!  Dusting off the old blog to share some of what I’ve been thinking about. I spent the summer asking math teachers the following question:  At the end of the school year, how do you want your students to feel about themselves as mathematical thinkers?  In other words, imagine asking your students: … Continue Reading