There is a need, a time, and a place for building procedural fluency no matter what mathematical topics are being studied. However, moving students beyond procedural mathematics to developing true understandings of the mathematics with which they are engaging requires students to think. The Farmer Jones task for primary students requires students to sort shapes and create sorting rules. Opportunities for developing spatial reasoning are provided as students build the tangram square. Questions about moving the learning forward as well as extending the learning and reflecting are provided in addition to facilitation notes.
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