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Surprise! Turn Routine Problems into Worthwhile Tasks

Richard Caulfield, Shelly Sheats Harkness and Robert Riley 

December 2003, Volume 9, Issue 4, Page 198

Abstract:
This article describes what happened in the classroom when teachers "modified" a traditional textbook problem related to probability and turned it into meaningful mathematical investigations. The "modified" problem had multiple entry points and enough challenge so that students used their own prior knowledge of mathematics as they made conjectures, explored possible solutions, and engaged in rich discourse. Two tasks and an activity sheet are included.

Keywords:
Article
Grades 6-8
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Probability
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Ratios / Proportions