Connie George, Math, Quail Hollow Middle School
This unit is designed for students to cultivate an understanding of place value by sparking their interests with enticing number theory problems. Students will appeal to their prior place value knowledge by exploring the basic operation methods that Chinese students use to deepen their understanding of multiplication and place value. Students will understand the interconnectedness of place value within simple to gradually more difficult addition/subtraction and multiplication/division concepts deriving the distributive property by decomposing problems. Students will grasp prior concepts by exploring the reasons behind learning algorithmic methods. Students will collaborate among each other to explore the reasoning behind fun number theory problem solving concepts.