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ERIC Number: ED482396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-2
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
QARs + Tables = Successful Comprehension of Math Word Problems.
Beyersdorfer, Janet
In this lesson, students identify the question-answer relationship (QAR) for word problems that relate to a graphic or table. They then use the QAR strategy to determine the mathematical and cognitive actions required to answer the word problem. This activity is particularly appropriate for fourth- and fifth-grade students. During two 40-minute sessions, students will: preview tables to stimulate prior knowledge, make predictions, interact with print, and generate questions and answers about the content; understand that the format of a table supports comprehension of the relationship between data and the self-monitoring of responses to questions; practice analyzing word problems using the QAR strategy to predict a computation strategy and determine a response; understand that the type of question may indicate the need for different cognitive and mathematical actions; apply think-aloud strategies in small groups to aid in metacognition and to verbalize their thinking process; and discuss the material with peers, monitor and correct their own work, encourage and support one another, and reinforce social skills in collaborative learning groups. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. A century of change worksheet; a teacher's guide; a collaborative group worksheet; a discussion questions sheet; and a guide sheet about using QARs with graphics are attached. (PM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A