Open Ended Real World Math Task Problem Solving Challenges 4 | Distance Learning

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

This resource is for you!

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 needing something more.

And now--FULL DIGIT ACCESS as well!

In my classroom, these are 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. Metric option pages are included as well for those teachers teaching outside the U.S.!

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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. Download the preview to see exactly what you get--I don't think you will be disappointed.

This set includes the following challenges:

The Shelter Situation Problem: This problem asks students to help some young volunteers determine how to best spend their time at the animal shelter. There is a big list of jobs and a limited amount of time--so they need to read the "rules" carefully as they see how much Leo and Davon can accomplish!

The Tara's Tiles Problem: Tara is helping her parents tile their bathroom and she needs to use everything she knows about "area" and adding/multiplying money so she can follow her parents' design requirements and keep in budget.

The Present Problem: This challenge requires students to figure out the most efficient way for some volunteers to use rolls of wrapping paper to wrap small, medium, and large gifts. The students doing the wrapping have a time factor as well--so students need to try to not waste paper, use all 8 students wisely, and get all those presents wrapped!

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Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
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.
Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
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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