If 1 = 5, 2 = 25, 3 = 125, 4 = 625…what does 5 =?
I had kids ARGUING about the answer. Sweet! And, when I said “it says it’s 1, right there (pointing at the “1 = 5″)” I had someone say, I think as kind of a smart-aleck(sp?) say “but it says one equals five, not five equals one.” Now, that came up in all 5 of the sections believe it or not. BUT! What didn’t come up except for 8th period…”but you can do that. if a = b, then b = a.” Now, she didn’t call it ‘the transitive property’ but I didn’t care. I told them what it was. I don’t want them to get caught up in vocabulary, but just the idea that a connection was made to something WITHIN math classes…ahh it was lovely.
***Update — upon reading this again, perhaps I’m glad she didn’t call it the transitive property. I’d much rather have her use the correct property. What is it, by the way?