|The Faculty Lounge|
Recently, I blogged about how seeing this on one of the tables...
...inspired a 3-Act problem solving task.
And earlier this year I described how seeing this Thanksgiving leftover...
...inspired some interesting noticings and wonderings. Here are a few more examples of what I think of as "Faculty Lounge Math":
The Soda Machine
Did you notice the soda machine in the back right corner? One afternoon a few months ago I caught the delivery guy in the process of refilling the machine. I snapped this picture:
Thinking I might use it as the basis for another 3-Act, I found out that the machine holds 288 bottles, which is 12 cases at 24 bottles per case. One of our grade 5 teachers has already used it as a noticing and wondering prompt.
Here's something a teacher left on the table after Valentine's Day. I used this as an estimation180 task:
|How many candies inside? Give me a too low, a too high, and a just right. On an open number line, of course!|
|I opened the box and took this picture for the reveal. It also suggests fractions, arrays, multiplication, and subitizing.|
...and downloaded the pictures onto our school's shared drive for the primary grade teachers to use as subitizing prompts. OK, I confess. I ate the candy.
Several weeks ago I found myself in Aimee's first grade classroom, working with a group of kids trying to make 2-dimensional shapes using play-doh and what looked like over-sized collar stays. Things were not really working out.
"I wanted to use coffee stirrers," she explained, "But I left them at home."
"Just a sec!" I told her. A quick trip to the Faculty Lounge...
...and the kids were good to go!
Some kind soul brought these in one morning:
|I thought this would make another nice subitizing prompt, or maybe start an array chat.|