Observing Student Connections
 Introduction | Building Viewpoints | Questions and Answers #1 | More Building Viewpoints | Questions and Answers #2 | Observe a Classroom | Classroom Practice | Your Journal

Again, after you have thought about the questions you would ask this student, look at the questions suggested here. Before you select "Show Answer" to read the given answers, try to imagine how Seth would respond.

 Teacher: Let's construct this building on a building mat and look at it from each side. Show Answer
 Student: (Constructs the building using unit cubes)
 Teacher: Get down to eye level so that you are facing the front of the building. Can you describe what you see? Show Answer
 Student: I see three columns with two cubes, one cube, and four cubes.
 Teacher: Look straight on. Can you tell me what you see in the middle? Show Answer
 Student: I see one cube and then three cubes behind it. Oh –– so the middle stack should have three. And then the right column would have four cubes.
 Teacher: How would you draw what you just described on the graph paper? Show Answer
 Student: I would draw three columns with two cubes, three cubes, and four cubes, from left to right.
 Teacher: Now look at the building from the back. Can you describe what you see? Show Answer
 Student: I see four cubes on the left, three in the middle, and two on the right.
 Teacher: Draw what you just described. Do you notice anything about the front view and the back view? Show Answer
 Student: Yes, the back is the reverse of the front.
 Teacher: Look at the building from the right view. Is your drawing correct? Show Answer
 Student: No, I should have put two cubes on the left, since that is the tallest stack, then two cubes in the middle, and four on the right stack.
 Teacher: Look at the building from the left. Can you predict what it will be? Show Answer
 Student: I will see four on the left, two in the middle, and two on the right.
 Teacher: Draw the left view you just described. How does it compare to the right view? Show Answer
 Student: The left is the reverse of the right.

 Teaching Math Home | Grades 6-8 | Connections | Site Map | © |