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Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 3/9: Day 3: Group collaborative task for precise communication and structured talk


Using Structured Talk: On the third day of school, Patty Ferrant distributes bags of Unifix Math Cubes and “clues” students can use to collaboratively create a precise representation.

Each student in the group is held accountable for working on the task, and though one student says “This is so difficult!” he does so with a smile on his face.


What activities and language structures might you use to support students’ precise communication?

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