Note: Typos corrected on 2/17.
Practice math problem solving with the 2014 Winter Olympics! This activity is designed for middle school students and explores topics such as fractions, decimals, unit conversions, mean, percents, ratios, and variable expressions.
I like to give an in-class assignment like this about once per chapter to remind students that we can apply mathematics to the real world and to help them practice problem solving.
I will give my students about 15-20 minutes to work on this by themselves, and will them allow them to work with a partner for 10-15 minutes to check and discuss answers. If time permits, I let them switch partners again. If a student was taught how to do a problem by their first partner and can then explain how to do it to their second partner - true learning has taken place!
This activity takes between 40 and 50 minutes.
This activity can be done without a calculator, but one may be allowed with teacher discretion. With or without a calculator, I would stress to students to show work.