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Problem Solvers
problem solvers: problem: Jump as far as you can

Laura Bofferding and Melike Yigit 

December 2013, Volume 20, Issue 5, Page 282

Abstract:

This month’s problem examines the standing long jump, an Olympic event until 1912. Students will jump as far as they can from a standing position and measure the distance by using different units, such as cubes, feet, and inches. 

A good problem can capture students’ curiosity and can serve many functions in the elementary school classroom: to introduce specific concepts the teacher can build on after students recognize the need for additional mathematics or to help students see where to apply already-learned concepts. We encourage teachers to use the monthly problem and suggested instructional notes in their classrooms and report solutions, strategies, reflections, and misconceptions to the journal audience.

Keywords:
Pre-K-2
Article
Grades 3-5
Length
Problem Solving / Problem Posing