A typical ‘project’ includes a piece of literature that stimulates students’ thinking, a rich text that includes an open-ended problem to solve with multiple solutions, and a chart, called a KWC , which is used to pull out elements of the problem by asking three basic questions:
1. What do I Know for sure?
2. What do I need to find out?
3. Are there any special Conditions?
Then a solution is worked out (4 X 6), followed by second solution (3 X 8 or 2 X 12), next a debriefing time or ‘math huddle’ with all the other small groups. The final step is to reflect upon what has been learned by writing in each individual’s notebook. Reading comprehension strategies are used throughout the project which braids mathematics, language and thinking tightly together. Projects gathered from many sources are engaging to the students’ interest and are easily differentiated to meet the needs of all students’ ability.
Multiplication Using Equal Groups: