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Cup Stacking Activity Part 1

Name(s)_____________________________________

Do ALL of your measurements in centimeters (cm). This will give you the most
accurate results.

1) Questions:
a) Given 2 of each cup, which stack is taller? __________________________
b) Given 15 of each cup, which stack is taller? ________________________
c) How many cups does it take for the stacks to be equal in height?
_______________________________

2) Observations:
a) Description of cup #1: (include measurements and word descriptions)

b) Description of cup #2: (include measurements and word descriptions)

c) What is the height of the stacks when they have the same number of cups?
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3) Use tables, diagrams, equations, numbers, figures, etc. to mathematically show
the solution that your group found for this problem.

Cup Stacking Activity Part 2:


Use your knowledge from Part 1, and the fact that Mrs. Maynard is 56 (on a good
day) to answer the following. Continue using centimeters (cm) to measure and
compare heights.

Stack A
Using Cup 1:
1) How many cups tall is Mrs. Maynard in cups*? Initial guess ____________
*No stacking cups right next to Mrs. Maynard
How can you test your guess? (HINT: Use a table, equation, or graph to help.)

Was your guess correct? (If Yes, go down to Question 2)

If your guess was not correct, what did you do wrong?

Try to answer the question again.

New answer: ____________________


2) How did you get that answer?

Use your work to write an equation for Cup 1.

Stack B

____________________________

Using Cup 2:
1) How many cups tall is Mrs. Maynard*? (Initial Guess) _________________
* No stacking cups right next to Mrs. Maynard
How can you test your guess? Was it right?
What did you learn from Cup 1 that helped?
2) Does Stack A or Stack B use fewer cups to measure Mrs. Maynards height?
3) Will that stack always use fewer cups to measure the height of something?
Why/why not?

Systems Introduction
1. Moolah has 27 coins. They are all dimes and quarters. The value of
the coins is $4.35. How many dimes and quarters does she have?
(x=dimes and y= quarters)
Equation that would show how many of each type of coin would equal
27 coins.
Equation of how many of each coins would equal $4.35. (hint dimes = .
10 and quarters=.25)

2. A farmer looks out into the barnyard and sees the pigs and chickens.
He says to his daughter I count 169 heads and 398 feet. How many
pigs and how many chickens are out there? (x =pigs and y = feet)
Equation that would show how many pigs and chickens would equal
169 heads.
Equation that shows how many pigs and chickens would equal 398 feet
(hint: pigs have 4 feet and chickens have 2 feet)