What The goal of this discussion is to explore an algebraic habit of mind through thinking about computations independently of the particular numbers used. When August 29-31, 2019 Where The LINCS CoP Math and Numeracy Group. Description: In this activity, participants work through a series of "pentomino sum" puzzles. The activity will begin with an introduction to the pentomino and how it relates to a 10x10-grid that will be used throughout the activity. Participants will apply what they learn to create their own problems to challenge fellow discussion participants. Optional challenge problems will be provided as the participants move closer to the algebraic approach to solving problems more efficiently. The discussion that will follow on the LINCS Math and Numeracy Community will include conversations about participants’ discoveries, the strategies used to solve specific problems, and suggestions for students who might struggle or need more challenging work. Throughout the activity and follow-up discussion, participants will experience how mathematical practices enhance the content and conversations, especially regarding the algebraic approaches. The following mathematical practices will be particularly relevant to the activity:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
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