1st Edition

What's Right About Wrong Answers Learning From Math Mistakes, Grades 4-5

By Nancy Anderson Copyright 2017

    You can't learn to hit a three-point shot without missing a lot of shots. You can't learn to play a piece of music correctly without striking a lot of wrong notes. And, as Nancy Anderson explains in What's Right About Wrong Answers: Learning From Math Mistakes, Grades 4-5 , You can't learn math without making mistakes. Anderson turns mistakes on their head and helps you cleverly use them to students' advantage. Each of the twenty-two activities in this book focuses on important ideas in grades 4 5 mathematics. By examining comic strips, letters to a fictitious math expert from confused students, and sample student work containing mistakes, your learners explore typical math mistakes, reflect on why they’re wrong, and move toward deeper understanding. Each activity includes:

    • A summary of the mathematical content and highlighted error
    • Common Core connections Prerequisite knowledge that students need
    • Big underlying math ideas
    • Suggestions for implementing the activity

    Each activity can be used to enhance units of instruction and help students prepare for assessments that are aligned with the Common Core and similar state standards.

    Introduction; Chapter 1: Whole-Number Multiplication and Division; Chapter 2: Fractions; Chapter 3: Decimals; Chapter 4: Measurement and Geometry


    Nancy Anderson is K-8 mathematics coordinator and eighth-grade mathematics teacher at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. She is an experienced classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional development leader, as well as coauthor of Classroom Discussions in Math and Good Questions for Math Teaching, Grades 5-8. Nancy earned her doctoral degree in mathematics education from Boston University.