Tip: Looks Like/Sounds Like T-Chart: How to construct arguments in math.
How Do I Do It?
The Common Core Math requires that students be able to construct viable arguments in math. This can be quite a challenge for students. Creating a Looks Like/Sounds Like T-Chart can be very helpful. Brainstorm with students what it might look like if you saw students creating good arguments for why they did what they did in math. In the next column ask them to describe what they might hear when observing students construct good arguments for their math work. This can be done at different grade levels with developmentally appropriate language and content. Remind and refer students to the the chart when they are working with partners or in small groups on math problems.
Common Core State Standard 3
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
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