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  • 1 The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • 2 Arkansas Tech University, Russellville

In this article we illustrate how one teacher used PhET cannonball simulation as an instructional tool to improve students' algebraic reasoning in a fifth grade classroom. Three instructional phases effective to implementation of simulation included: Free play, Structured inquiry and, Synthesizing ideas.

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In a fifth-grade classroom, a cannonball simulation is the basis for a three-phase process to improve students' algebraic thinking.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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