What If We Changed the Book? Problem-Posing with "Sixteen Cows"


  • Aug 12 2010 5:20 PM

    Robert Preston

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This lesson, from ReadWriteThink, demonstrates the strategy of problem posing, using a piece of math-related children's literature called "Sixteen Cows" as a springboard. After hearing the story read aloud, students brainstorm literary and mathematical observations and then turn those observations into "what-if" mathematical extensions. These extensions become mathematical problems that students solve, both individually and as a whole class. This lesson incorporates a variety of interactive student activities. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 3 to 5

    Topics: Mathematics, Literature, Reading Comprehension, English-Language Arts