It Figures! Problem Solving in Measurement

By Boldrin, Pam | Teaching Children Mathematics, April 2000 | Go to article overview

It Figures! Problem Solving in Measurement


Boldrin, Pam, Teaching Children Mathematics


It Figures! Problem Solving in Measurement, gr. 3-6, 1998. Videotape plus worksheets. Part 1: On the Shelf, $165, ISBN 1-55981-616-3; Part 2: At the Zoo, $165, ISBN 1-55981-617-1; Part 3: Pizza Problems, $165, ISBN 1-55981-618-X; teacher resource program and activity guide, $95, ISBN 1-55981-619-8; three programs on one cassette, $285, ISBN 1-55981-615-5. Pyramid Media, P. 0. Box 1048, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1048, (800) 421-2304.

This set of three problem-solving situations involving measurement concepts and skills gives students an opportunity to compare their work with that of students in the videotape. Presented in a morning-news format, Nick Numerals and his panel of "experts"--named Tim Fraction, Megan McMultiple, and Rattfield Skidmore--face three real-world mathematical challenges:

In Part 1: On the Shelf, students have been given limited shelf space at the local market to sell caramel com. They must decide what size box they should design to help maximize their profit. In Part 2: At the Zoo, students on a field trip have only ninety minutes to visit five exhibits at the zoo and must determine a route that will allow them to spend as much time as possible at each exhibit. …

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