4. Model with mathematics.

How are fourth and fifth grade teachers helping their students model with mathematics?

How can students be helped to:

  • apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace
  • write an addition equation to describe a situation
  • identify important quantities in a practical situation
  • map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas
  • analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions
  • interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation
  • reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model

What are you doing to help students develop this practice? What makes it hard? What challenges are you encountering?