Learning math skills and concepts is only the beginning. Skills are useful only if you can use them to solve problems. Throughout the year we will work to develop eight Mathematical Practices that will help you more effectively use the skills and concepts you've learned. Developed as part of the Common Core State Standards, these eight practices as mathematical habits that you will develop to become a successful problem solver.
We will examine and practice using various problem solving strategies, including:
I notice, I wonder
The key to problem solving is understanding and engaging with the problem. Very often, the key to solving a challenging problem is thinking about what information is presented. To do this, you will be asked to write what you notice about the problem. (It says the building has 5 stories). You will also be asked to think of some questions you wonder about, especially those that might help you solve the problem. (I wonder how many feet each story is. Are they all the same?)