PUMAS, an interesting site!

At this website, teachers may find outstanding activities and thoughts on how to present a concept to students. The one activity that I thought was great was called “Two Answers are Better than One”.

In this activity students are encouraged to use estimation as a first step before finding the eventual exact answer.  By estimating, you are able to determine what is reasonable before you actually calculate your final answer. This website also gives great examples that you can model for students to help with estimating and finding an eventual answer.  I also like the name of the title because its “catchy” and reinforces the importance of checking for reasonableness.  A concept that many of our students often don’t use, which allows them to sometimes make careless mistakes.

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