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Math Inquiry KWIN

Students are faced with a challenging problem that could be approached in many ways. What do they Know about this problem, what do they Wonder, what Ideas do they have for solving it, and what information will they Need in order to put their idea into action?

This Gets Students To…
consider what information is relevant and what is not, to approach a problem in ways that aren’t necessarily the same as other students, and to consider how they might problem solve when a strategy isn’t necessarily already apparent.

Keep in Mind That…
problem solving and inquiry are richest when a number of different methods could be used to arrive at a solution or understanding.  Giving students an opportunity to share and collaborate on these boxes will give them opportunities to broaden their questioning and problem-solving skills. Dan Meyer has an excellent series of 3-act problems that span many grades and topics as examples. His TED Talk might also offer a useful perspective.

Formatted for legal sized paper (8.5″ x 14″)

Formatted for letter sized paper (8.5″ x 11″)