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Notes for Session 10, Grades 3-5, Part B

Note 4

Look at NCTM's recommendations for content in the algebra strand in the Standards, then look at the problem for designing square swimming pools. After reading the problem, work on Problems B1-B5.

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Note 5

Read the commentary on the swimming pool problem in "Experiences with Patterning," by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Glenda Lappan, and Elizabeth Phillips, in Teaching Children Mathematics (February 1997), p. 282-288.

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Now look at the problems on patterns from Everyday Mathematics, Student Journal. Think of questions that extend students' thinking beyond simply finding the next number:


Could you predict the 20th number in the list?


Could 11 ever be a number in the list?


If you knew the 99th number, could you determine the 101st number?

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