games can foster mathematical communication as students explain
and justify their moves to one another. In addition, games can motivate
students and engage them in thinking about and applying concepts
||Playing Fraction Tracks (5.1.1)
An interactive version of a game (based on the work of
Tierney, Evans, and Murray 1998)
can be used in the grades 3–5 classroom to support students' learning
about fractions. By working on this activity, students have opportunities
to think about how fractions are related to a unit whole, compare
fractional parts of a whole, and find equivalent fractions, as discussed
in the Number and Operations Standard.
||The Role of the Teacher (5.1.2)
Two video clips illustrate
communication about mathematics among a teacher and her students.
||Communication among Students (5.1.3)
Shows how activities
like this allow students to use communication as a tool to deepen
their understanding of mathematics, as described in the Communication Standard.
||Reflecting on Practice (5.1.4)
The teacher reflects on her own mathematical
learning that occurs as a result of using activities like this game
with her 5th-grade students.