This blackline masters book
is directed towards developing process skills using a sound content base and
so is directly in tune with outcomes-based courses. The aim of this book is
to provide teachers with a plan for presenting open-ended tasks to
mathematics students of Grades 5 - 7. This book focuses on the concept of
Each measurement idea (basic
units, conversions, perimeter, area, surface area and capacity) is presented
as a series of four types of questions:
understanding of mathematical concepts can be achieved by rigour-
Adaptation of such
concepts to more difficult situations, seemingly non-mathematical,
can be learnt through tackling word problems.
Mini tasks are long word
problems that often require multiple steps. They usually have a
definite answer though it may be achieved through a variety of methods.
The open-ended tasks in
this book can be achieved on a variety of levels and cover a
range of student outcomes. The final answer is generally not important.
The purpose of
such questions is to test not only mathematical skill, but also for
students to achieve the
outcomes related to problem solving, logic, lateral thinking, working in
testing options amongst others.
The tasks can be presented as
classroom/homework activities or assessments. It is
recommended that initial tasks be non-assessed until students become more
with them. If done as an assessment, an appropriate rubric should accompany
Tasks are designed to be
carried out in groups or individually. If the task is to be
assessed as a group activity, it should be accompanied by a rubric that
the role of each member of the group.
The very nature of open-ended
tasks implies they have no one correct answer. Some of
the tasks presented may have a ‘best’ answer, but if students can give
logical and valid
details as to how they arrived at their solution, the aim has been achieved.
Ready-Ed Publications; February 2002
- ISBN: 9781863974615
- Edition: 1
- Read online, or download in DRM-free PDF (digitally watermarked) format
- Title: Measure Up
- Author: Donelle Francesconi; Terry Allen (ill.)
Imprint: Ready-Ed Publications