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Become A Math Lawyer-Defend Your Answer | poster – labels

Grade Levels
4th - 8th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
4 pages


It's no secret that kids love to role-play. Why not have them become Math Lawyers and defend their answers? As math lawyers, they're given a chance to see their work from another perspective.

Students look at their work differently when they think of it as defending something important.  It was fun for me to watch their transformation from students writing numbers on papers to, "I believe in this work, and let me tell you why!"

This poster/label set reminds students that solving a problem is more than just writing down an answer. It gives kids several checkpoints to consider, including, "Does your answer make sense?"

Becoming a math lawyer encourages math conversation. I frequently pair up students to "defend" their answers. It's a great way to have them recheck their work before turning it in.

Not only does it help kids own their work, but it also improves study skills.

The labels make good reminders when attached to their math journals or notebooks.

Download your copy today!

This set includes the Math Lawyer poster, as well as a template for labels that fits Avery Labels 5168, 3 1/2 X 5".


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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