This month, I am featuring some of my favorite websites for critical thinking and problem solving. Check back each Thursday for this special Thursday Tool School feature. Happy Surfing!
Last week, I shared an awesome resource to help students estimate a quantity and justify their reasoning for the estimate. Read the post here! The third website is one that I have come to love and frequently recommend to teachers when I plan with them. There are several sites for these awesome math tasks. One site is created by Dan Meyer– Three-Act Math Tasks. Another site is created by Graham Fletcher– 3-Acts Lessons. The math tasks were created with math modeling in mind– students are presented with a real-world math problem and are given clues and hints as they attempt to solve the problem.
1. Choose a three-act based on your present curriculum.
- How does Act 1 engage the students in the task?
- How do students begin to approach the identified problem in Act 2?
- How are students given the opportunity to learn from each other?
- What is the teacher’s role?
Three-act math tasks create a wonderful mathematical learning environment that encourages wonder and critical thinking. There are a variety of tasks available for all grade levels and skills. I want to challenge you to find one that will support the work you are currently doing with your students and give it a try!