The ability to explain in words how a math answer was figured out is a critical skill in math class and in test taking. In tests, most of the written responses are the “explain” or “solve” (show) your answer type. A structure, the wheel, will help students think logically. A formula will provide students with a pattern for writing.
When students go into a testing situation, they are often nervous. Having something tangible, a wheel and a formula that they can draw in the test booklet, will make them more comfortable and give them confidence.
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:
* solve a math problem
* brainstorm the steps on a wheel
* write a well-developed explanation in complete sentences
* proofread their work
The 77-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 (Middle and High School)
by Jan Cosner
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