Lesson 17
Does It Make Sense?
Warmup: True or False: Is it Greater? (10 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this True or False is to elicit strategies students have for estimating. The reasoning students do here helps to deepen their understanding of how rounding can be used to estimate. It will also be helpful later when students are to determine a reasonable estimate.
Launch
 Display one statement.
 “Give me a signal when you know whether the statement is true and can explain how you know.”
 1 minute: quiet think time
Activity
 Share and record answers and strategy.
 Repeat with each statement.
Student Facing
Decide if each statement is true or false. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
 \(132 + 115 > 200\)
 \(228 + 195 > 400\)
 \(217 + 151 > 400\)
Student Response
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Activity Synthesis
 “How can you explain your answer without finding the value of both sides?”
 Consider asking:
 “Who can restate ___ 's reasoning in a different way?”
 “Does anyone want to add on to _____ ’s reasoning?”
 “Can we make any generalizations based on the statements?”
 “For which problems was rounding helpful? For which ones did you not need to round?” (For the first problem, I didn’t need to round once I knew that the number was over 200. For the last problem, I rounded to add 17 and 51 just to see if it would go over 100.)
Activity 1: Quick Estimates (15 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to consider what it means for an answer to make sense. They see that rounding is a useful strategy to estimate the answer to a problem and determine if an answer makes sense.
The quantities chosen are close to multiples of 100 and 10 to encourage students to round as they decide if an answer makes sense. The first problem also says that “Priya makes an estimate” and “about 400 beads.” If students begin computing the exact numbers of beads, remind them of the situation and that they do not need to solve to determine if the answer makes sense.
As students work, prompt them to explain their strategies for making estimates and relate them to the idea of rounding (MP3). When students use language such as “about 600 beads” to convey that they are estimating, they practice communicating with precision (MP6).
Launch
 Groups of 2
 “What does it mean for an answer to make sense? Turn and talk with your partner.”
 2 minutes: partner discussion
 Share responses.
 “In math class, we can think about whether an answer makes sense to us given the situation and the numbers in the problem. If the answer seems like it could be correct, we say it makes sense.”
 “You’re going to work with some problems about beads. What are some ways of using beads that you know about?” (To make bracelets or necklaces. To decorate hair. To decorate clothing.)
 30 seconds: quiet think time
 Share responses.
 Display the problem.
 “Take 30 seconds to think about the first situation.”
 30 seconds: quiet think time
Activity
 “Work with your partner to consider Priya’s estimate.”
 2–3 minutes: partner work time
 Consider asking:
 “It says Priya makes an estimate. How could you decide without solving the problem exactly?”
 “Do you have any strategies for estimating without solving?”
 Monitor for various student strategies, particularly a pair that uses rounding to determine if the answer makes sense.
 Select students to share strategies for evaluating Priya’s answer. Be sure to include a rounding strategy.
 For the rounding strategy, ask:
 “How did this strategy use rounding? Can you describe it in your own words?”
 “Why is rounding helpful here?” (I can change the numbers to be easier to think about quickly.)
 “Did you round to the nearest multiple of 10 or 100 when you were deciding if Priya’s answer makes sense?”
 Consider asking:
 “How is what _____ and _____ did similar to (or different from) your strategy for deciding if Priya’s answer makes sense?”
 If no students mention rounding in their explanation, ask: “How could you use rounding to decide if Priya’s answer makes sense?”
 “Work with your partner to estimate the answer for the last two problems.”
 3–5 minutes: partner work time
Student Facing

There are 212 beads in a plastic bag. Then, 98 of the beads are used to make a necklace. Finally, 308 beads are placed in the bag.
Priya makes an estimate that there are about 400 beads in the bag now. Does Priya's estimate make sense? Explain your reasoning.

Estimate the answer for each of these problems.
 Clare has 252 beads. She used 92 beads to make some bracelets. Then, a friend gave her 203 beads. How many beads does Clare have now?
 Han had 558 beads. His sister had 302 beads. They combined their beads for an art project that used 250 beads. How many beads do they have left?
Student Response
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Activity Synthesis
 “In general, how can rounding help us estimate?” (Sample responses: Rounding makes the numbers easier to think about quickly. Rounding to the nearest 10 or 100 means dealing only with hundreds, or with only hundreds and tens, rather than hundreds, tens, and ones.)
 “When we are deciding whether an answer makes sense, we are not solving the problem to get an exact answer. We are estimating the answer. Rounding is a strategy that can be useful when we estimate an answer.”
Activity 2: Solve and Reason (20 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to solve twostep word problems involving addition and subtraction. After students solve the problems, they trade answers with a partner to decide if their answer makes sense.
When students assess the reasonableness of each other’s answers and communicate their assessment, they construct logical arguments and critique the reasoning of others (MP3).
Advances: Reading, Representing
Supports accessibility for: Conceptual Processing, SocialEmotional Functioning
Launch
 Groups of 2
 “Now you are going to solve for the exact answer to some problems. As you do so, think about how estimating could help you decide if an answer makes sense.”
Activity
 “Work with your partner and decide who will solve each problem. Then, work independently to solve your problem.”
 3–5 minutes: independent work time
 “Now, trade work with your partner and decide whether their answer for the problem they solved makes sense.”
 “Record your thoughts on your partner’s paper for them to refer back to if they want to adjust their answer.”
 3–5 minutes: independent work time
 “Take turns sharing your thoughts on your partner’s work. Give your partner a chance to share how they solved their problem.”
 5 minutes: partner work time
Student Facing

Solve one of the problems. Explain or show your reasoning.
 Jada has 326 beads. She gives her friend 32 beads. Then, Jada uses 84 beads to make a bracelet for her cousin. How many beads does Jada have now?
 Noah starts an art project on Monday and uses 624 beads. On Tuesday he uses 132 more beads. Finally, on Wednesday he finishes the project by using 48 more beads. How many beads did Noah use on his art project?
 Trade work with a partner. Decide whether your partner’s answer for their problem makes sense. On their paper, explain your reasoning.
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
If students don't find a solution to the problems, consider asking:
 “What is this problem about? What can be counted or measured in this situation?”
 “How could you represent the problem?”
Activity Synthesis
 “What was helpful about having someone look at your work for each problem?” (They thought my answer made sense, which helped me know that I had answered correctly. They caught a mistake that I made that I didn’t notice.)
 “What was helpful about looking at someone else’s work for each problem?” (I was able to see a different strategy that they used for the problem. I was able to help them catch a mistake they made.)
Lesson Synthesis
Lesson Synthesis
“Today we talked about what it means for answers to make sense. How would you describe what it means for an answer to make sense to a friend?” (It’s close to the actual answer. It makes sense when I think about the numbers or what's happening in the situation. It’s possible.)
“What are some ways you would know that an answer does not make sense? Give an example if it is helpful.” (The size of the number doesn’t make sense with the other numbers. The answer gets bigger when it should get smaller.)
Cooldown: Beads in the Bin (5 minutes)
CoolDown
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