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ERIC Number: EJ1038108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
iSTEM: Promoting Fifth Graders' Mathematical Modeling
Yanik, H. Bahadir; Karabas, Celil
Teaching Children Mathematics, v20 n7 p458-462 Mar 2014
Modeling requires that people develop representations or procedures to address particular problem situations (Lesh et al. 2000). Mathematical modeling is used to describe essential characteristics of a phenomenon or a situation that one intends to study in the real world through building mathematical objects. This article describes how fifth-grade students explored a modeling experience through the Mysterious Tool activity. Specifically, the aim of the activity was to find out the relationships among weight, distance, and balance by exploring a lever that students encountered for the first time. Condensed qualitative results of a study that documented students' thinking are presented, as well, to support the investigation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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