Math happens to us everyday! Math happenings is an instructional routine to introduce students to mathematical modeling as they build a relationship with mathematics. Students to see themselves as math doers and thinkers.

Social Distancing

Problem Posing

Sample Prompt:  

    • What do you wonder about?
    • From the list of wonders, how can we use math to make a decision? How can math serve our needs?            
    • What do you notice? What do you wonder?
    • What is interesting or important about this situation?
    • Who cares about this situation?

What other information do you need?  Are there important quantities?

  • How big does the room have to be for our class to fit in the room while social distancing?

  • How can we arrange our desks to observe social distancing?

Making Assumptions and Considering the Variables

Sample Prompt:  

Gathering Information

    • If I knew______, then I could figure out_______
    • Let’s assume__________.
    • What assumptions can we make around the problem to simplify the problem posed?
  • Here is some information to help the with their math happening.

  • 6 feet radius is the distance recommended.


Solving- Doing the Mathematics/Building a model

Sample Prompt:  

  • What math do you know that can help you solve the problem?
  • What are some common misconceptions that could arise at this stage, and how can they be addressed?


Sample Prompt:  

  • How might we use our solution to other similar problems?
  • Can this solution help us with other problems?

 Is there a model/formula that I can reuse or share with other types of problems/phenomenon in our real world?

How can I describe the square feet needed for any given number of students?

Analyzing and revising the model

Sample Prompt:  

  • How might we become even more precise with our model?
  • How might our model change if we changed some of our previous assumptions?


Is the typical classroom designed to accomodate a  20 student roster ? What will be the ideal class size? How many more classrooms will we need?

Reporting out- Sharing & Connecting Real world Math to school math

Sample Prompt:  

  • How does all the math we used in this problem relate to what we covering as math topics this year?
  • Can you identify all the math and strategies we used to tackle this problem?