Get your students to think like mathematicians! In this decimal word problem, students will need to compare and order four different decimals and determine which runner won the race. Students will also be asked to find the important details needed to solve, rules to working with decimals, and language a mathematician or statistician would use to discuss the problem. Finally, students will be asked to solve the problem different ways and explain their thinking.
Included in this lesson are:
+ 1 Depth and Complexity Note Taking Page
+ 2 frames (one for independent solving and one with embedded cooperative learning structures for kids to work part of the activity together in groups and in partnerships)
+ 4 different layouts to choose from for kids to work the problem and record their answers
+ 1 alternative frame with a different layout to work the different questions
+ 5 pages with the option to change the decimals given so you use this packet again and again!
+ 2 new pages with MORE room for WRITING! Students must explain answer (you could ask them to write down what they did to solve the problem)
Although this lesson is designed for GATE students, I still use it with my "Non GATE" learners and they really enjoy it. Teachers have the choice of using this as an independent activity, an assessment, or as a way for kids to work together cooperatively, as one of the sheets include cooperative learning structures. This allows the kids the opportunity to verbalize their learning and communicate like mathematicians.
Students will have to determine which decimal is actually the least amount of time. Then they will have to list the order the runners finished the race. This could be used as an introduction to comparing and ordering decimals. It can also be used as a mid-assessment or as a CGI problem in which kids have to show their answers 4 different ways.
***This activity is also part of a combo pack which is paired with a fraction pack and a division pack. You can find this here:
Depth & Complexity Math Bundle: Division Fractions Decimals
If you like this packet, you may also like some of my other Depth & Complexity products:
Depth & Complexity Measurement and Data: Area and Perimeter
Depth & Complexity Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Addition and Subtraction
Depth & Complexity Foundations of Multiplication
Depth & Complexity Money Word Problem
Puzzlement Group Investigation Activity Organizer
Adaptations Depth & Complexity Science Frame and Activities
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