Problem Solving in Math – Example
Problem Solving in Math Example: Gallery Walk with Patterning & Algebra
What are the goals?
- describe and extend a geometric pattern
- make predictions related to this pattern
- investigate this problem with manipulatives
- ask questions present findings and
- express the patterning rule
What, specifically, will I focus on?
Patterning Problem to: describe and extend a geometric pattern make predictions related to this pattern investigate this problem with manipulatives ask questions present findings and express the patterning rule.
How will I know if I am making progress towards my goal?
We will begin with a whole group discussion of the problem posed in class.
- We will engage in a think/pair/share about what a particular math problem is asking us to do, then take it up with the class until everyone understood what the problem was asking of them.
- Next, we will made a plan in groups of 2 – 3 with grid chart paper and interlocking cubes to organize their thinking and solve the problem
- Students will carry out their plans.
- As they do, teacher can observe, take anecdotal notes, and ask key questions to aid in comprehension.
Consolidation: Gallery Walk
- Hang solutions on wall.
- Students will take sticky notes and took a gallery walk around the room to view each solution.
- As they view, they will ask questions about the group’s solutions.
- Each group will have an opportunity to present their answers to the sticky note questions.
- Make plans to include more math processes including questioning, and reflecting and connecting.