Chewing Your Way to Understanding

Dittika Gupta, Suzanne F Lindt, Diana Moss

Abstract


Helping upper elementary students to connect mathematical concepts to real world ideas is critical to their long-term conceptual understanding but can be challenging for teachers. This paper explains how 4th and 5th grade students were presented with a real-world mathematical task that was engaging, hands-on, and promoted reasoning and problem solving for students. The paper shares details of the activity, students’ discussions throughout the activity, including: their struggles, their reasoning, and their understanding resulting from their mathematical problem solving from the activity. 


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