In many state tests and in many math books, students are called upon to write a written explanation of how they solved the problem. Knowing how to find the right answer is still important, but today students are also being assessed on their ability to clearly and concisely explain the reasoning related to solving the problem. Unfortunately, students often know how to find the right answer but are at a loss as to how to explain that process in words. Also, educators who excel in the teaching of math and its concepts may not be as skilled in helping students organize and complete these written descriptions. This PDF from Jan Cosner, an award-winning teacher, offers an effective solution for all students and teachers, both in state tests and in life.
Students will be able to do the following:
* answer the math question
* brainstorm their written answer on a wheel
* write a well-developed explanation in complete sentences
* proofread their work
The 76-page PDF contains the following:
* step-by-step instructions
* 30 problems with answer keys
* handouts that explain the writing process
Materials align to the Common Core standards.
Note that these materials are from the 2005 publication Formula Writing in Math
by Jan Cosner.
Writing in Math in State Tests (Elementary)
by Jan Cosner
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