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Lesson

Elementary School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 4/18: Day 2: Helping students explain and defend their answers

Overview

Using Precise Language: On the first full day of school, Mia engages her students in “understanding that they have to explain themselves.” She facilitates a conversation in which elementary students explain and defend their answers, so that collectively they can find the answer they can “prove is right.”

Consider:

What activities help your students explain and defend their answers?