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Wooden Legs Videos

This page from Suzanne Alejandre's Math Forum blog has links to nine short videos (5 minutes or less) of Ms. Alejandre implementing the "Wooden Legs" Problem of the Week with a fifth grade class. The "Notice/Wonder" strategy is used to introduce the problem, and additional materials describe other problem solving strategies. The blogpost describes the goals of the lesson and also includes links to the teacher materials including the problem, solution, sample student answers, a scoring rubric, and teaching suggestions. Suggested browsers are Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. (It's been reported to us that when using IE9 (PC) the videos do not display.)
Contributed by: The Math Forum at Drexel University - Publisher, Suzanne Alejandre - Author
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Learning Math Through Problem SolvingThis professional development collection supports teachers as they learn to use problem solving as a vehicle for teaching mathematics. Resources include video clips from actual classrooms, articles that relate helpful techniques and strategies, and several online courses that help teachers to advance problem-solving with their classes. This collection supports Practice Standard 1 and the Problem Solving Process Standard.
CCSS Practice Standard 3This collection assists teachers as they integrate Mathematical Practice Standard 3 into their classroom routines. Encouraging productive student conversations about mathematics builds the foundation that supports this practice. These resources will help teachers learn methods for creating an environment where constructing arguments and critiquing the reasoning of peers is a common occurrence. Additional resources may be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeAssessment, Activity, Instructor Guide/Manual, Community, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorThe Math Forum at Drexel University - Publisher, Suzanne Alejandre - Author
    • Publication Date2011-12-01
    • RightsCopyright (c) Drexel University 2012
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 3
      unable to view video
      By joan_barrett on 02/16/2013 - 13:22
    • Perhaps there is something I did not understand but I was not able to view the Wooden Legs videos. I notice there are no ratings so I wonder if other people are having the same problem I was having. Would love some guidance. thanks
    • 3
      difficulty viewing
      By Suzanne Alejandre on 02/18/2013 - 13:53
    • Joan, when you say that you "couldn't view" the Wooden Legs videos, what was the difficulty? Could you describe the issue a little more? If the issue was the link within Mathlanding, I wonder if you can view them from this page: or specifically, here is a direct link to one of the videos from that page: Thanks, Suzanne