Sharing some resources developed by our team when implementing Math Modeling Tasks in Elementary Grades!
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Food for Thought
Our IMMERSION Year 2 groups are off implementing Math Modeling Tasks in Elementary Grades!
Mathematical modeling is a process that uses mathematics to represent, analyze, make predictions or otherwise provide insight into real-world phenomena. Most short definitions we find emphasize this most important aspect, namely the relation between modeling and the world around us. – Using the language of mathematics to quantify real-world phenomena and analyze behaviors. – Using math to explore and develop our understanding of real world problems. – An iterative problem solving process in which mathematics is used to investigate and develop deeper understanding. (Gaimme report, p.8)
Math Modeling tasks use math to make decisions! Some of the types of modeling problems that we have had success in elementary grades include:
Predictive models: Using trends and data analysis to predict an outcome
Optimizing models: Using data to find the “best” by optimizing or in some cases minimizing some situation.
Rating and ranking: Using criteria and mathematical measures as a way to rate and rank options to make decision.