Dr. Ali Bicer
Creativity-directed tasks aim to develop students’ creative thinking skills while they construct new mathematical ideas, concepts, and knowledge. Although research suggests that teachers should implement creativity-directed tasks in their classrooms to foster their students’ mathematical creative thinking skills, it is unclear how teachers can implement these tasks while trying to address Common Core Standards. This book includes 42 research-based, Common Core content and practice standards-aligned, visual, creative, low-floor & high ceiling, high-cognitive-demand, and rich open-ended tasks that will enable your students to think deeply and reason mathematically, problem-solve, problem-pose, discuss and convince, explore multiple solutions methods, connect multiple representations, justify their thought processes, and generalize their mathematical observations. The lesson plans encourage students to understand that mathematics is a creative field in which they can be creative! There are 11 chapters addressing 10 Common Core 5th-grade content practices along with Common Core practice standards. This book provides teachers with the lesson plans about the following content standards: 1) write and interpret numerical expressions, 2) analyze patterns and relationships, 3) understand the place value system, 4) perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers with decimals to hundredths, 5) use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions, 6) apply and extend previous understanding of fraction multiplication, 7) apply and extend previous understanding of fraction division, 8) convert like measurement units within a given measurement system, 9) represent and interpret data, 10) geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume, and 11) graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Bicer, A. (2022). Mathematical Creativity in 5th Grade Common Core Classrooms. ISTES Organization.
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