Smith 5th Grade Blog 2012

Metacognition pipe cleaner on-going lesson

Posted on: January 15, 2012

Tonight I found the most amazing lesson. Still tossing it around in my head on how I could use it in the math classroom. One of my favorite teachers at my school visits our classrooms and gives our students lessons about metacognition. Our students know the word and can explain it. Recently, I have been trying desperately to scaffold with my students to help things stick. We just started customary measurement with rulers, and I was telling them…”see, this is why we teach fractions first and how powerful this knowledge is. If you don’t understand fractions, you can’t use a ruler”.

It would be interesting to try to make these math connections with the pipe cleaners and then return when we find real life careers and engineering projects to think about how the math could be used. What fun!

http://www.fortheloveofteaching.net/2011/02/wildly-successful-metacognition-lesson.html

Credit for this lesson goes to Texas teacher, Diane Dahl.

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