Matchsticks

How many matchsticks can be made from a single tree? That is the problem facing middle schoolers. Scholars first determine the volume of a matchstick given its dimensions, and then use this information to estimate the number of matchsticks they can make from the tree trunk.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as part of a summative assessment on volume
Classroom Considerations

  • The class will need access to calculators
  • In addition to using volume formulas, pupils should be able to convert between cubic inches and cubic feet
Pros

  • Includes examples of scored student work that model application of the rubric
  • Scaffolded to allow access to all learners
Cons

  • Rubric contains typos
  • Footer information of task is incorrect
Common Core