3-Act Tasks (#49, #50, #51)

They come in waves. It’s both a blessing and a curse.

Seems like everywhere I walk there’s a perplexing question I can’t just let go of. The bug of mathematization has hit my entire family.

My wife is a teacher and for appreciation week she was given a light bulb filled with Skittles. She comes home and says “Hey Gray, I’ve got a 3-Act Task for you!”

And that’s how task #49-Bright Idea came to be.


We love pickles and jalapeños in our house. We have back-ups for the back-ups. My daughter in 3rd grade was analyzing the jars while unpacking the groceries. Then she says, “I wonder how much longer it takes to fill up the little jar compared to the big jar?”

Enter task #50-Dill ‘er Up


I was at a friend’s house and he was slicing some apples for our girls to have as a snack. My youngest daughter (kindergarten) watched intently and ask “Hey daddy, how long do the think the skin will be? Will it be taller than you?”

Voila…task #51-Granny Smith’s Skins

 

In September 2013 Dan visited my district and said I needed to start sharing and I haven’t stopped since.

51 tasks later and I just want to say thanks.

  • Thanks to my family for putting up with me. Sure it’s fun but I know it’s annoying too.
  • Thanks to Dan for the push to share.  I hope my work has inspired others to share openly and freely as well.
  • Thanks to my friends in the #MTBoS who help push and question me. With late nights and behind the scenes magic… you make me feel normal.
  • Thank YOU for your continued support and encouragement. If you’ve used or shared one task, I appreciate you drinking the Kool-Aid. Thanks for the feedback and for sharing pictures of student work. You inspire me to create more.

“All of us are smarter than one of us”

 

About gfletchy

K-8 math consumer trying to listen and learn each day. Stay thirsty my friends!
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12 Responses to 3-Act Tasks (#49, #50, #51)

  1. Chantelle Kirk says:

    Mr. Fletcher, I have heard that there are plans for you to spend time in Whitfield County Schools next school year. I am very thankful for those plans. My elementary school has a field that is too rocky to be useful. We are getting dirt added to this field from a high school construction project. I have videoed a dump truck bringing in a load and leaving. I want to create a 3-Act task from experience. I have the video, some pictures, and the count of dumped loads down the long side. (They are still bringing in more dirt.) What other pieces of data or stimuli should I have for creating this task? Thanks in advance for your advice! Chantelle Kirk

    • gfletchy says:

      Area of the turf being covered if something you’ll need. See if you can get your hands on the purchase order. That might lend itself to some numbers which might help determine the direction you head in.
      Such a great idea. Please check back in and share a final version if at all possible.

  2. Susan Jarvis says:

    I love them!

    On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Questioning My Metacognition wrote:

    > gfletchy posted: “They come in waves. It’s both a blessing and a curse. > Seems like everywhere I walk there’s a perplexing question I can’t just let > go of. The bug of mathematization has hit my entire family. My wife is a > teacher and for appreciation week she was given a ” >

  3. Thank you for sharing! I’m glad your family is into this and that Dan pushed you to share. We all benefit from what you share!

  4. Jeni says:

    Measurement unit is the last math unit I am teaching this year – granny smith is perfect!!! Thank you!

  5. Susan Jarvis says:

    I am going to propose a workshop for a Math Conference in our state. My workshop proposal concerns building both fluency and perseverance. If my proposal is chosen, could I share your site with the teachers? -Susan Jarvis

    On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Questioning My Metacognition wrote:

    > gfletchy posted: “They come in waves. It’s both a blessing and a curse. > Seems like everywhere I walk there’s a perplexing question I can’t just let > go of. The bug of mathematization has hit my entire family. My wife is a > teacher and for appreciation week she was given a ” >

  6. Thank you for sharing. I found your 3 Act tasks at the end of this year and I will definitely be starting out with them next year. I teach Grade 2 and my kids loved the tasks we did do. I love how you see everything as math and well done that the rest of your family now sees it that way too!

  7. Shane Kelsey says:

    Sanna, click on the 51 tasks later link. Thought we could try one of the volume activities. Or the how many people would fit in the class/ box at the concert. Or Superstairs. Could warm up with a couple of estimation180 picturtes.
    Our NEP’s can access these activities.

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