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ERIC Number: EJ1044011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Informing Practice: Making Sense of Integers through Storytelling
Wessman-Enzinger, Nicole M.; Mooney, Edward S.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v20 n4 p202-205 Nov 2014
The authors asked fifth-grade and eighth-grade students to pose stories for number sentences involving the addition and subtraction of integers. In this article, the authors look at eight stories from students. Which of these stories works for the given number sentence? What do they reveal about student thinking? When the authors examined these stories, they noticed that the students' work reflected different ways of thinking about integers. They call these mathematical uses of integers "conceptual models". The authors describe five models that emerged from their research: bookkeeping, counterbalance, relativity, translation, and rule.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A