Open Ended Real World Math Task Problem Solving Challenges 2 | DISTANCE LEARNING

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Are you looking for challenging math problems and tasks that keep your students engaged, apply the math you have taught, and meet the standards of the Common Core or other rigorous math standards?

Or are you looking for a quick low-prep, ready-to-print math project that is rigorous and meaningful? NOW WITH DIGITAL SLIDES AS WELL!

Perfect for when you...

  • need something for fast finishers
  • want something easy for a sub
  • are between units and want to focus on problem solving
  • have an observation and want to showcase high-level thinking
  • want to work on collaborative work and math talk
  • need something for a math station or math workshop
  • want to send math tasks digitally to students

This set of 3 challenges can be used in a number of ways…as whole class explorations, as small group challenges, or as independent work for those students who need something more. In my classroom, I often use these whole-class explorations where students work in teams, share ideas, guess and check their ideas—and then present their solutions.

The problem solving and math applications are high level and meaningful. See what you think! Three separate challenges are included, each taking several class periods. These problems would also be excellent work for middle school students working below grade level as the topics are relevant for them as well!

No answer key is provided because of their open-ended nature. There are countless solutions! We want our students solving rigorous, real-life problems, and the process should be stressed as students work to make sense of problems, persevere through them, and even work collaboratively. Make sure you check out all the different sets as they address many different math standards!

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This resource is also available in several different bundles as listed below.

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Appropriate for grades 3-5—depending on skill level and level of support offered.

This set includes the following challenges:

The Vacation Problem: This problem asks students to plan a vacation where they have a ton of decisions to make--from hotel prices, to flights, to meal selection. Great for building math discourse and partner skills!

The Bakery Problem: This task requires students to use their multiplication (or repeated addition) skills to organize new display cases at a bakery. Different baked goods fit in the display cases differently--so students need to do some good planning to make sure they can fill the cases with at least 600 treats!

The Back to School Shopping Problem: This challenge asks students to help Michael buy his new clothes for back to school--and to make sure he has enough clothes to get him through a week of classes. There are a number of "rules" they must follow as they shop--and a clear budget to follow!

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Set 2 can be found by clicking Here!

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Set 5 can be found by clicking Here!

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Attend to precision. Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other. By the time they reach high school they have learned to examine claims and make explicit use of definitions.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

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