What does mathematical understanding look like? What does it sound like? Math Discussion Cards are designed to help adolescent learners talk – and think – like mathematicians. The cards help students practice together as they make sense of problems, construct workable strategies for solutions, or explain a mathematical rule, diagram, or approach. Through discussions, students learn to persevere in solving problems accurately, finding structure, and expressing mathematical reasoning.
The cards have dozens of sentence starters rich in mathematical language at three levels – simple, solid, and sophisticated.
As students use these cards to practice the art of discussion with partners and groups, they not only boost their mathematical knowledge and language ability, but also step up their participation in the learning community.
A class pack includes eight sets of 20 cards, with four each of the following five color-coded conversational roles:
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