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Real World Investigations: 4.0

These 4 activities, part of the Mathematics Developmental Continuum of the State of Victoria, Australia, are intended to introduce learners to the problem solving skills of clarifying questions, making assumptions and choosing a solving strategy. Students are challenged to investigate problems in household math, open-ended planning projects, and Fermi questions. Supporting documents and progress indicators are included.
Contributed by: State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Teaching Measurement in Grades 3-5This collection of resources is intended to help educators develop measurement skills and understanding in mathematical and real-world contexts. The resources assist in teaching selection of unit, comparing sizes, estimating, calculating elapsed time, and measuring length, angle, area, and volume. Resource types include videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades K-2.
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Instructor Guide/Manual

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (Australia)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorState of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Publisher
    • Publication Date2009-11-12
    • Rights(c) State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), 2007
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      Think before you leap
      By Uncle Bob on 09/30/2012 - 14:03
    • This page has many prompts for open-ended problem solving, and the focus is placed on making the assumptions and asking the clarifying questions needed prior to starting to work on a problem. The fermi questions might inspire some imaginative thinking by students.