Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking- Fermi Math- Sports Edition

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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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Students will use their critical thinking and creative problem solving skills to solve challenging math problems about a variety of sports.

Do your students love to tackle challenging problems? Fermi math will get your students calculating large numbers, estimating, researching and writing their results.

A Fermi Math problem looks like this:
How many mini-marshmallows would it take to roof your house?

Fermi math problems require students to estimate, ask questions, measure, use formulas, make assumptions and do some research to answer seemingly difficult (or seemingly impossible) math questions.

By breaking a problem down and looking at the bits and pieces, students will be excited to see that they CAN answer problems that seem challenging.

Students submit their solutions with a "model" showing their work and writing about their process, questions, resources, challenges, and how they came to their final solution. This is where kids can get creative and make unique models to show and communicate their work.

These math challenges can be used as:
* a whole class activity
* an enrichment activity for those needing an extra challenge
* high quality work for early finishers
* small groups working at math centers
* small groups working with a parent volunteer
* take home challenges for the whole family to do together
and so much more!

This 46 page packet includes:
*10 unique Fermi math problems focused on the theme of sports
*background information on Enrico Fermi
*what a Fermi math problem is, and what skills it helps develop
*ideas and directions for how to use the materials
*student handouts for each question at two different levels- to differentiate for students needing more guidance
*posters with the questions for hanging in your classroom
*answer key

Give your students a fun way to practice and build their skills in creative thinking, problem solving, estimation, and writing about math!
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46
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Lifelong Tool

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Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking- Fermi Math
Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking- Fermi Math
Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking- Fermi Math
Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking- Fermi Math