Styrofoam Cups

How many cups does it take to reach the top? Learners attempt to answer this through a series of questions. They collect dimension information and apply it to creating a function. The lesson encourages various solution methods and multiple representations of functions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Model the situation for your pupils with actual cups; have them take their own measurements
  • Incorporate as a performance task over linear functions
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects an understanding of linear relationships
Pros

  • Encourages higher order thinking strategies
  • Appeals to students' sense of inquiry
Cons

  • None