This is an open ended division question perfect for third grade students who are beginning to master division concepts. There are many possible answers to the question. The question asks students to set up a classroom for 24 students. They can use any number of tables or number of students at each table. However they must have an equal number of students at each table. Students must create 4 different ways to set up the classroom. They must provide a division equation that represents each classroom set up.
The second page has 2 free response questions and space provided for student answers. First students must use words and their equations to explain the steps they took in order to design the different classroom. The second question provides a scenario where a 25th student is added to the class. Students are asked if they can still come up with 4 different ways to set up the classroom. They must explain why or why not.
The third page includes an answer key and some teacher tips. The teacher tips are some short suggestions that will help teachers use this problem effectively in their classroom. It provides some suggestions for differentiation for struggling students.
Meets the following Common Core Math Standards for 3rd grade:
This activity also addresses important Common Core Mathematical Practices:
-Reason abstractly and quantitatively
-Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
-Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning