Topic D builds on the work of Topic B, again providing opportunities for children to solve addition story problems while taking a step forward by representing the objects in the story with fingers, counters, and simple drawings. For example, to solve "2 apples and 1 more apple. How many apples in all?" students decontextualize the story to represent the apples with their fingers. To answer the problem, they must recognize that the answer is not simply ‘3’ or ‘3 fingers’ but rather, "There are 3 apples." In so responding, students have put the solution found on their fingers back into the context of the story (MP.2).
Prekindergarten Mathematics Module 5, Topic D
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