Pin it!
Google Plus

Subscriber? Sign in to access.


back talk: How many dogs? How many chickens?

Melissa Dunne 

December 2012, Volume 19, Issue 5, Page 336

Students say some amazing things. Back Talk highlights the learning of one or two students and their approach to solving a math problem. 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 students. This article describes the thought processes of two third-grade students who were given a problem involving finding the number of dogs and chickens on a farm when they know only the total number of legs. Their solution strategies include standard mathematical operations as well as pictorial representations.

This material is only available to signed-in subscribers.
back talk Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013: Teacher reflection: A pedagogical analysis (PDF)

Grades 3-5