Ms. Stewart accidentally dropped the calendar sticks and they fell out of their bundles. There were more ones than tens. There were less than six ones.
Wait I remember, there was only one more one than there were bundles.
Wait, I remember there were four tens.
We asked our students to create a perfect worm. A perfect worm is 1 3/4 yards long.
Students were allowed to use any of the pre cut pieces. They had to estimate first ( they only got one 12 inch ruler) and then prove their snake was perfect.
The pieces were as follows:
James’ teacher had him pick out 16 buttons. He laid them out in the pattern below and said, “16 is an odd number because they don’t all have buddies”. Do you agree, explain.
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A woman came to the store requesting a box of candies that could be shared equally among all the people coming to visit. She wasn’t sure whether there would be three, four, five, or six people sharing the boxes. What size box should she buy that would work for any of these numbers?
Taken from: Lessons for Introducing multiplication by Marilyn Burns
Debbie has a collection of beads on pipe cleaners. The product of the beads on each pipe cleaner is equal. What is the value of each individual bead?
The bead colors in this picture are:
Green/Green, Orange/Orange/Black/Black, Blue/Black, Pink/Black/Black
Other Sets To Try:
White/White, Green/Yellow/White, Purple/Green, Green/Green/Green/Green
Purple/Purple/Green, Purple/Yellow, Green/Blue, Orange/Red
Adaptation for younger grades – use sum rather than product.
Nick has 100 feet of fence to create a rectangular fence around his garden. He will use the side of the garage for one side of the garden. How should he make the garden so that he has the greatest area to plant his garden?
This question originally came from What’s Your Math Problem? By Linda Gojak
You are given an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper. By cutting a square from each corner and folding up the sides you can make a box to hold some rice. What dimensions of the box will give the greatest volume?