Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers
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This sample constructed response problem for grade 3-5 students provides an opportunity to analyze patterns and develop algebraic thinking in the context of a telephone chain. It includes suggestions for adjusting the challenge level and a task-specific rubric with annotated samples of student work at each level. Free registration allows users to download a 9-page print-friendly version (pdf).
Contributed by: Exemplars, Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 8The resources in this collection are intended to help educators understand and implement the eighth Mathematical Practice Standard of the CCSS. You will find informative presentations, lesson plans, and problem sets that will help establish mathematical habits of mind that support this standard. You'll also find many problem tasks for use with students in the companion classroom collection.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeAssessment, Activity

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator, Learner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicAssessment of students, Instructional materials
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorExemplars, Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (C) 2010–2012 Exemplars
    • AccessAvailable for purchase, Free access, Free access with registration
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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