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ERIC Number: EJ1153847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Return of the Tug-of-War
McNamara, Julie
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v23 n1 p40-47 Sep 2017
Long before the release of the Common Core State Standards (CCSSI 2010), the Mathematical Tug-of-War was engaging students in the type of reasoning and problem solving described by the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). In this updated version of a Marilyn Burns task, students use algebraic reasoning to determine the outcome of a contest involving characters from the newest Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens." An activity sheet is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A