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The Problem With Problem Solving

By Jessica Smith
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"How do mathematicians communicate their ideas to each other and to the public? If math is just numbers and symbols, how can we talk about math?"

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Instructional Time: 1 hour

Show video, Mathematical Eye: Logic and Problem Solving. Discuss key points of the film. Make connections between the film and math assignments.

California Content Standards
Grade Five
Mathematical Reasoning
MA.5.1.0. Students make decisions about how to approach problems:
MA.5.1.1. Analyze problems by identifying relationships, distinguishing relevant from irrelevant information, sequencing and prioritizing information, and observing patterns.
MA.5.1.2. Determine when and how to break a problem into simpler parts.
MA.5.3.0. Students move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations:
MA.5.3.3. Develop generalizations of the results obtained and apply them in other circumstances.

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