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back talk: The king’s really big bowl


September 2012, Volume 19, Issue 2, Page 128

Each article includes the prompt used to initiate the discussion, a portion of dialogue, student work samples (when applicable) and teacher insights into the mathematical thinking of the students. This month, students are taught the importance of ensuring that their solutions are reasonable. This article describes the creative thinking of a group of students trying to rationalize their unreasonable answer when they meet the Mango problem.

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A pedagogical analysis and additional student dialog for back talk September 2012

Grade 5
Problem Solving / Problem Posing