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Problems of the Month: Between the Lines

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These geometry and measurement problems of the month are designed to be used schoolwide to promote a problem-solving theme at your school. Each problem is divided into five levels, Level A through Level E, to allow access and scaffolding for the students into different aspects of the problem and to stretch students to go deeper into mathematical complexity.
Upper Primary
Grade 4
Material Type:
Noyce Foundation
Provider Set:
Inside Mathematics
Date Added:
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VS HIDOE on Aug 18, 02:20pm

This POM set is related by use of polygons, but other than that, the problems don't really scaffold as well as some other POM sets. Level A is using pattern blocks to cover a figure (K-1 standard). Level B also uses pattern blocks to create a similar, but larger figure (ie use 1 trapezoid to make a larger trapezoid). Each part of the Level B task increases in size and finally students are asked to see if they can identify a growing pattern (gr 4 OA standard). Level C moves to area of triangles on dot paper, so I'm not sure about the connection here? I don't think I'd use this Level C problem with this set. Levels A and B go together. Level C is a good task, but in my opinion doesn't fit the usual progression of scaffolding that POM sets usually have. Level D is another example of not fitting. Level D has 3 various sized squares overlapping to form a design. Students are asked to identify the relationship of the lines in the 3 squares (gr 4 geometry standard). So although I think these are all worthwhile tasks, I find them to be unrelated and wouldn't use them as a set.



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