Practical Problem Solving for a Purpose!
Unlike most of our missions, students will know if the hypothesis true once they see the Day 12 field video. There will be no doubt if there is drinkable groundwater under HIP Academy, but the impact that water will have is uncertain. How much water is there? How many people can that help?
Your students CAN calculate this! We've provided handouts to help you frame this juicy problem for your students. Calculate in jugs or liters depending on your goals and time available. Using liters gives students the chance to work with numbers into the thousands, while using jugs keeps numbers in the hundreds. In either case, providing tens frames and manipulatives can help your students stretch their math skills as they grapple with the problem.
As students grapple with this problem, they'll apply what they know about counting, base ten operations, and skip counting while building a foundation for future work with multiplication. Without a meaningful problem, it can be challenging to get students to maintain focus during productive struggle, but it has been my experience that if students care they really, really try! It can be hard not to swoop in with the answer or even just a more effective method before allowing time for that struggle. I encourage you to ask guiding questions and provide organizational supports instead! I can't wait to see how your students work this out!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!