3rd Grade Task: Insect Collections

3rd Grade Task: Insect Collections

Standards & Objectives

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • How are the legs arranged on a woodlouse? (on the sides) Is there a pattern and if so what is it? (same number on each side)
  • Select and sequence student strategies to be shared so that multiple ways to solve the problem are presented.
  • 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32
  • How did you use the numbers given to make the legs on each woodlouse the same?
  • Who can explain what this problem wants us to find?
  • What does the number 28 represent in this problem?
  • Are any of the solution paths we used similar? If so, how are they similar?
  • Do the pictures you drew and equations you wrote represent the same thing?
  • What is the connection between the division and multiplication used in this problem?

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

If students cannot get started. . .
Assessing Question:

  • Explain to me what Sage wants to find out?
  • What information do you have to work with?

Advancing Question:

  • Can you show a way to draw the woodlice and put 28 legs on him?
Extension suggestions: 

If students finish early. . .

  • Show how you could write an equation that will let us find out how many legs are on three woodlice? Any number of woodlice?
  • Explain all of the ways you were able to solve this problem and how they are related.