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ERIC Number: EJ1001736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
CCSSM: Examining the Critical Areas in Grades 5 and 6
Polly, Drew; Orrill, Chandra
Teaching Children Mathematics, v18 n9 p566-573 May 2012
Cognitively demanding tasks are at the heart of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSI 2010). As with all the grades, teachers of grades 5 and 6 are challenged to use tasks that simultaneously address the grade-level Standards as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). Cognitively demanding tasks require students to examine a mathematical situation, find an entry point to begin their exploration, and apply their understanding of mathematical concepts to find and justify their solutions (Smith and Stein 1998). In this article, the authors present two examples that teachers of grades 5 and 6 can use to leverage cognitively demanding tasks with the intention of integrating the grade-level Standards and the SMP. They will also discuss the progression of the Content Standards Domains in grades 5 and 6. (Contains 1 table and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A