Making Bee Hotels

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?

    • Bees are important pollinators and are responsible for many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy everyday!

Making Assumptions and Considering the Variables

Sample Prompt:  

Gathering Information

    • If I knew______, then I could figure out_______
      (If I knew how many paper rolls fit in half the can, then I can figure out how many I will need to make by double the amount.)
    • Let’s assume__________.
      (Let’s assume that we want to make bee hotels with different-sized paper rolls. How can we figure out how many of each kind will fit in a can?)
    • What assumptions can we make around the problem to simplify the problem posed?
      We can assume that we can roll enough paper rolls to fill several cans to make many bee hotels. 
  • Here is some information to help the with their math happening.

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 field trip planners?

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?

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?

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