Modeling: Making Matchsticks

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Math: The only subject where the solution to a problem is seven million matches. Young scholars first complete an assessment task estimating the number of matches they can make from a tree of given dimensions. They then evaluate provided sample responses to improve their own solution.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as review for a unit on volume
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be able to convert between units of volume (cubic inches and cubic feet)
  • Lesson can be extended over two days; see teacher guide for pacing suggestion

  • Teacher guide gives an answer key that accounts for all cases (using a pyramid, cone, cylinder, or rectangular prism to model a tree)
  • Student materials include a geometric formula sheet that you can use in this lesson as well as others

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Common Core