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problem solvers: problem
problem solvers: problem: Building mathematical practices: How many legs?

Signe E. Kastberg 

May 2014, Volume 20, Issue 9, Page 538

Each month, elementary school teachers are given a problem along with suggested instructional notes. Teachers are asked to use the problem in their own classrooms and report solutions, strategies, reflections, and misconceptions to the journal audience. Opportunities to learn mathematics can be particularly rich when they capitalize on children’s curiosity and love of stories. The illustrations in Charlotte’s Web (White 1952)—a children’s favorite with lots of avenues for exploration)—encourage children to devise ways to mathematically represent the structure they see and to build solutions.

Grades 3-5
Problem Solving / Problem Posing