This project involves students collaborating in teams to build the tallest freestanding tower that will support the weight of a mini pumpkin. Along the way, students will have to apply their knowledge of decimals and percents to purchase the supplies they need to build their tower. Not only does Pumpkin Mania give students a real-world application of many 5th, 6th, and 7th grade math standards, but incorporates STEM strategies and Standards of Mathematical Practice as well. Give your students the opportunity to collaborate, have fun, and make meaning of important foundational level math standards!
• Define and calculate a unit rate
• Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals
• Represent integers on a number line
• Calculating percent of a number
• Use percent equations
5.NBT.B.7, 6.RP.A.3.B, 7.RP.A.2.B, 7.NS.A.1, 7.NS.A.3, 7.NS.A.2, 7.RP.A.3
SMP 1, SMP 2, SMP 6