Eighteen Flavors

Your learners will be tantalized by this inquiry-based, collaborative activity as they discover how to write an equation that represents the height of an ice cream cone. Given the scenario based on the poem, "Eighteen Flavors," and guided by your questions, learners measure, model, and record their findings and strategies in their math notebooks as they begin their journey into the abstract world of using variables and equations to represent real-life situations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As you read this sample lesson write down questions that will guide your learners toward the learning goal. Avoid giving learners answers or information. Guide them by questioning. 
Pros

  • Includes blackline masters of the shapes needed in the activity
  • Includes dialogue script of actual lesson to show teacher questioning techniques
Cons

  • None
Common Core