The Problem Solving and Communication Activity Series Make a Mathematical Model
Make a Mathematical Model
Organizing quantities and relationships into a mathematical model (equation, table, algorithm, etc.) is one of the most powerful, and most challenging, problemsolving tools. We support students to build on their skills and noticers (Understand the Problem) and organizers (Guess and Check, Make a Table) to list the quantities and relationships they see in the problem, and then support them to either "build up" several relationships or "break down" a bigpicture sense of the problem to develop a mathematical model. Activities to Learn this Strategy
Facilitation Questions

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