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# Anchor Tasks in the Elementary Classroom

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Use the materials available to solve this problem.

Keep track of your thinking and problem-solving methods in your math journal.

# Instructional Best Practices

Student voice and choice

Questions and concepts

Collaborative work

Strategic thinking

Authentic investigations

Student responsibility

Students as knowledge creators

Interaction and talk

Teacher as coach/model

# Materials Needed for an Anchor Task

1. One problem - generally the first "LEARN" in the lesson from Math in Focus

2. Manipulatives - concrete materials that may or may not be used

3. Student journals - students recording their thinking as they work to solve a problem.

4. Chart Paper or Document Camera or Smart Board- a place to collect student methods at solving a problem.

5. Community of learners ready to share and discuss their thinking

What is the surface area of this rectangular prism?

# Choosing a Problem

Yeap Ban Har says: Good tasks allow the attainment of learning outcomes and allow teachers to challenge advanced learners even as he takes care of the rest of the students.

Guidelines:

- one problem that can be solved over an extended period of time.

- must have a specific goal in mind

- concise in nature

- 15 minutes is a target timeframe.

- an entry point for all students

- multiple methods to find the solution.

- concrete materials

-typically the first LEARN of a lesson from MIF

# Teacher Role

Launch the problem.

Students can work independently or in small groups, depending on your goal.

Support and encourage students through questioning:

• Is there another way you can do that?
• How do you know?
• What have you discovered?
• What other choices do you have?
• How are these similar?
• How are these different?
• Where can you find that answer?
• What do you find difficult or challenging?
• Describe……. Explain…… Tell………. List……..
• Restate-“Can you tell me what he said?”

Keep tabs on methods students are using.

Strategically plan how to uncover students solutions during the share.

# Share Out

Look for student work that shows:

• visual representations
• use of algorithms
• written explanations

Reveal students answers/methods is a strategic manner. Basic to most complex.