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
Anchor Tasks Support Inquiry
Student voice and choice
Questions and concepts
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
Anchor Tasks in Action
5th Grade Video
1st Grade Video
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.
- 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
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.
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.