Problem Solving Task- The Brownie Problem (Fractions-Multiplication/Division/Comparing)

As students engage in authentic problem solving, they learn how to apply the mathematics they learn in the classroom to the world beyond!

Students must determine who received a greater portion of a tray of brownies in task.

-This task encourages students to apply their fraction sense to determine when and how to appropriately multiply and divide whole numbers and fractions.
-Additionally, students will compare two unit fractions to determine which is greater.

This PowerPoint includes teacher facilitation questions, a guide to understanding the mathematics in the problem, a scaffolded approach to problem solving, and possible solutions. This is the method I use to help my students engage deeply in problem solving and stretch themselves beyond "number plugging" as many students do when they solve a "word problem".

I have included a powerpoint version as well as a printable .pdf to fit the needs of your classroom.



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Created: Jan 15, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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