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Cup Tower Challenge

Materials/Equipment: 400 plastic cups, challenge sheets, ipads, Sock Puppet intro, rulers, pencils, Promethean board Curriculum Integration:
Materials/Equipment: 400 plastic cups, challenge
sheets, ipads, Sock Puppet intro, rulers, pencils,
Promethean board
Curriculum Integration:
Bloom’s Taxonomy:
Math
Knowledge/Remember
Analysis
Comprehension/Understand Evaluate
Application
Create
Differentiated Learning:
TEKS Achieved:
Classroom Strategies:
Auditory
Visual/Spatial
Logical/Math
Verbal/Linguistic
Musical
Intrapersonal
Interpersonal
Cooperative Groups
Technology
Independent Activities
Charts/Graphs/Maps
Problem Solving
Whole-group
Hands-On
Kinesthetic
4.1c - select tools, including real objects, technology as
appropriate, techniques, and number sense as appropriate, to
solve problems
4.3b- decompose a fraction in more than one way into a sum of
fractions with the same denominator using concrete and
pictorial models and recording results with symbolic
representations
4.8b - convert measurements within the same measurement
system

ubmitted by: Kristin Buholtz

rade Level: __4th___

Subject: _____Math______________

ationale: Students will work in groups using 100 plastic cups to build a tower as tall as they can, they will determine different fractions of the cups, easurements, and conversions of the completed tower.

bjectives:

TSW use real objects, techniques, and technology to solve problems. TSW use real objects to identify and decompose fractions. TSW convert measurements within the same measurement system.

esson Plan:

troduction:

ock Puppet App introduction to announce what the students will be doing in a fun way.

ocess:

Information Giving:

  • I will have the guidelines on the Promethean as I go over them. Explain what each role in the group will be doing once they are in their groups. Guidelines that must be met:

Your company (group) must have a name

Your company will need to be able to supply Mayor Smith with the correct fraction of each color cup that is used to build the tower Your company will need to be able to supply Mayor Smith with correct fraction of cups on each level of the tower Your company will need to be able to complete the appropriate measurement conversions of the tower Group Roles:

Press Secretary: this person is responsible for the technical details and presentation of the final product and needs to be ready to

summarize the group's progress and findings to the instructor and to other groups Timekeeper: monitors time and moves group along so that they complete the task in the available time, keeps area clean

Facilitator: moderates discussions, keeps the group on task, encourages all group members to participate in project tasks, and makes sur

all group members have the opportunity to participate and learn Elaborator: relates the discussion and purpose of project tasks with prior concepts and knowledge

Materials Master: gets needed materials and is the communicator between group and teacher

The only one with permission to ask the teacher questions – all questions/comments must be communicated to this person.

The groups will create a ShowMe Presentation to share with the class the different stages of their building process.

Modeling:

  • I will show students the cups they will be using, the tasks they will need to complete for the challenge, and where to answer the problems for this challenge. I will show them where the materials are, what materials they will need.

Check for Understanding:

Guided Practice:

Throughout the challenge I will be walking group to group to see how their tower is progressing. I will ask them questions to make sure they understand what fractions they need to find, how are they going to find them. I also will look at the pictures the press sec retary has taken so far to make sure their progression will be shown in their presentation.

Independent Practice:

Each group member will answer his/her own questions on their own challenge sheet. The fractions will be counted as a group, but the conversions wi be done individually.

Closure/Culminating Activity:

Each group will present their tower and show the completed ShowMe Presentation at the end of the challenge. The winning company will be announced.

nrichment/Extension:

For students that need further enrichment I will have them look at their fractions and convert them to decimals and explain the connection of the denominator of 100 meaning the same as writing a decimal to the hundredths place.

ccommodations:

(what YOU will do to modify your lesson…)

  • 1. Special Needs (Autism) - He will be grouped with students that he works well with in a group, he is also given a group role that he will be engaged with and comfortable with throughout the project.

  • 2. ELL - She is grouped with someone that speaks her primary language; this is also a team hands-on project and she will be able to construct knowled visually and kinesthetically without language barriers.

ssessment/Evaluation:

I will assess their understanding of using the appropriate tools in the most effective way to identify and decompose fractions and measurement nversions through observing group discussions, progression of their towers, watching the presentations, and by the answers to their challenge sheet oblems.

Name: ____________________

Smith City Math Museum Cup Tower Challenge
Smith City Math Museum
Cup Tower Challenge

In honor of the 100 th day of school the Mayor of Smith City would like a math museum to be built. A paycheck bonus of $100 will go to the company (group) that is able to build the highest tower using 100 plastic cups AND follow the guidelines below.

Guidelines that must be met:

Your company (group) must have a name Your company will need to be able to supply Mayor Smith with the correct fraction of each color cup that is used to build the tower Your company will need to be able to supply Mayor Smith with correct fraction of cups on each level of the tower Your company will need to be able to complete the appropriate measurement conversions of the tower

Company Sheet

Company Name: ___________________________________

Fractions of each color:

Red

Orange

Yellow

Light

Dark

Blue

Purple

Pink

Green

Green

               

How many levels tall is your tower?

___________

Below list the fraction of cups used for each level.

Measure your tower in centimeters then use a T-chart to convert that measurement to millimeters.

______________

cm.

mm.

______________

Company Sheet Company Name: ___________________________________ Fractions of each color: Red Orange Yellow Light Dark Blue Purple
Order the fractions of the colored cups from least to greatest. Find equivalent fractions for all

Order the fractions of the colored cups from least to greatest.

Find equivalent fractions for all of your tower level fractions.

Write your colored cup fractions in decimal form.

Red

Orange

Yellow

Light

Dark

Blue

Purple

Pink

Green

Green

               

Explain the relationship of having 100 as a denominator and writing a decimal for that fraction.

ress Secretary: this person is responsible for the technical etails and presentation of the final product and needs to be ready o summarize the group's progress and findings to the instructor and o other groups

imekeeper: monitors time and moves group along so that they omplete the task in the available time, keeps area clean

acilitator: moderates discussions, keeps the group on task, ncourages all group members to participate in project tasks, and akes sure all group members have the opportunity to participate and earn

laborator: relates the discussion and purpose of project tasks ith prior concepts and knowledge

aterials Master: gets needed materials and is the communicator etween group and teacher

  • Ø The only one with permission to ask the teacher questions – all questions/comments must be communicated to this person.