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**This resource directly links to 5th Grade CCSS for Math. However, the format and structure can easily be adapted to fit any curriculum standards.
With this lesson structure, students will act as a team of lawyers to analyze/critique the mathematical reasoning in their provided story problem. In this case, the creator has made problems that directly speak to the content area weaknesses of her classroom students. Use these, or write your own! As part of the process, students fill out a cross examination form and prepare an opening argument where they will convince their classmates (the jury) and their teacher (the judge) that their choice to prosecute/defend is valid.
This is a great way to incorporate the 4 C's (Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, & Critical Thinking), as well as a way to embed the Math Practice Standards. Also, kids LOVE it!