Problem Solving Task_The Bunny Problem_Area/Perimeter/Arrays
This file includes a problem solving task, slides that walk students through the problem solving process, as well as tips for teaching problem solving and possible questions for facilitating the task. It is provided as a pdf. as well as a ppt.

This task focuses on area and perimeter as students try to maximize the area of a bunny pen for a predetermined perimeter.

Students engage in true problem solving as they explore the possibilities for the bunny pen in this version of a classic mathematical task.

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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  • The-Bunny-Pen-Problem_TpT.pptx
  • The-Bunny-Problem_Maximizing-Area.pdf
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Created: Jan 15, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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