Math Group Investigation: A Titanic Problem

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
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This real-world problem will have your students excited to research, design and improve the deck floor plan of the R.M.S. Titanic to help save more lives! Kids are fascinated by the Titanic and this lesson activity taps into that interest while exploring problem-solving skills.

This activity is designed to be done in groups of 2-4 students and takes minimal materials to get started.

It uses multiplication skills and vocabulary to work to solve this open-ended problem.

Your students will look forward to this cooperative learning experience!
Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.


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