Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade

Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
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Tom Sawyer - Math Problem Solving – 6th Grade
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Students are generally familiar with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer story, right? This leads to quick engagement with the original classic novel, upon which these math questions are based. As the students talk about the math and how to solve they also get caught up in the story and can’t wait to continue!

The Tom Sawyer story, based on the Mark Twain classic, is used to captivate your students while they are learning math. This fantastic story includes Tom and his adventures. More importantly, it helps learning math to be fun and interesting!

You can put the problems on a white board and have the entire class work a problem at a time. I spend 30 minutes twice a week on these problems. I have them write with dry erase markers on their desks and walk around and give them feedback so they can be successful.

These would also be great for a class or grade level theme based math competition.

They can be used for RTI groups to build growth with your students.

You can copy them and assign to students for a challenge or when they are “done.” They have been so excited about this series they have asked me to write more math problems with other novels.


► Overview ◄

Students who have a variety of skill levels can successfully work through these word problems. This unit is engaging for reluctant learners, typical learners, and advanced learners. In addition, there are versions of this unit for other grade levels. This allows you the option of having different levels of the unit for different levels of learners.

This unit is a set of 81 constructed-response problems that cover the entire story line of "Tom Sawyer" through math problems. There is an answer key in the back of the unit.

Your students can solve engaging, child-friendly problems as they are learning math.

This theme based unit engages your students with the wonderful classic story while increasing their mathematical reasoning.

► Features & Skills ◄
♥ These problems engage students' love of classic fiction literature.
♥ 81 constructed-response problems.
♥ Aligned to state and CCSS standards.
♥ Helps make sense of problems.
♥ Moves beyond memorizing procedures or merely working with numbers.
♥ Helps students conceptually understand math.
♥ Concepts & skills include math vocabulary, word problems, decimals, fractions & mixed numbers, multiplication, division, measurement, standard & metric, area, solving for an unknown in an equation, reasoning & calculations, make sense of problems & persevere, reason abstractly & quantitatively, model, attend to precision, make use of structure, and use repeated reasoning.

► Here are just a few of the ways you might use the problems ◄
♥ Whole class—put on white board, have students work on large graph paper blocks, give feedback with each problem.
♥ Discuss and have students share ideas and thinking “math talks”.
♥ Allow students to use graph paper to make models to aid their thinking.
♥ Use as a large group option. Read the problems aloud and include discussion.
♥ Use during RTI groups.
♥ Copy and put into braded folders for capable students to work when they are “done”.
♥ Copy and put in stapled packets for the students to use like an interactive notebook.
♥ Advanced students can work through at their own pace.
♥ Theme based grade level math competition.
♥ Prepare students for end of year testing.
♥ Homework enrichment

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