Q1: How many sticky notes are needed to cover every exposed face of the cabinet?
Q2: How many pads would you need to have enough sticky notes?
Q3: How many sticky notes fit on the whiteboard?
Q4: If you had 120 of the 1.5 inch by 2 inch sticky notes, what is one size of board that you could cover (dimensions and area)?
Q5: What fraction and percent represents the following categories?
*Pink and blue Combined?
*All colors that are not pink or blue?For question 4, students had a variety of amounts of sticky notes on the boards...anywhere from 12 notes by 10 notes to more of a ribbon board look of 120 notes by 1 note or 60 notes by 2 notes. The unexpected part for the students came when figuring out how much space the board they created took up. No matter the configuration of the 120 stick notes, the area of the board was always 360 square inches. This makes sense since all of the boards have the same number of sticky notes, and each note has an individual area of 3, but this took some time for everyone to comprehend. A great discussion piece for sure.
The other thing I think was interesting about this task was if the students chose to find the sticky notes by finding the area of the board/face of the cabinet first, or find the number of sticky notes along the length and the width first. Some student did one method for question 1 and the other for question 3.
This was a great task that would be appropriate for almost all levels of middle school. I have included some student work below.
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Dr. Clayton M. Edwards
Grundy Center Middle School
Middle School Mathematics Instructor
Curriculum Vita

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Editorial Panel
Iowa Department of Education Statewide Mathematics Leadership Team
Journal of Educational Technology and Society Executive Peer Reviewer

Middle School Mathematics Instructor
Curriculum Vita

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Editorial Panel
Iowa Department of Education Statewide Mathematics Leadership Team
Journal of Educational Technology and Society Executive Peer Reviewer

Ed. D. Curriculum and Instruction (UNI)
MA Middle Level Mathematics (UNI)
Yager Exemplary Teaching Award 2014
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MA Middle Level Mathematics (UNI)
Yager Exemplary Teaching Award 2014
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