Game Winner

3 Act Math

Act 1

1. Which team won the game?
2. Write down a guess.

The inspiration for the task initially came from a shot chart on ESPN’s app. Then, I remembered an outstanding presentation from Dan Meyer (more on that below).

Act 2

3. What information would be useful to figure this out?
4. Write down some questions you have in your head right now.

In Dan’s presentation, he mentioned creating an intellectual need in order to show the power of math. One example he gave was Robert Kaplinsky’s “Do You Have Enough Money” lesson. I made the following based on it, so go check it out for a great, in-depth implementation guide.

The teacher can show the students the following video.

Pause the video after it says, “try to count” and “calculate” in order to give the kids ample time to process and reflect on what’s being shown.

The goal of Act 2 is to show students why arrays can be useful. How frustrating is it to try to count all the makes without organization?

One other note, made shots behind the arc are worth 3 points, made shots within the arc are worth 2 points, and free throws are worth 1 point.

Act 3

Common Core Standards
Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
solve one-step and two-step problems involving multiplication and division within 100 using strategies based on objects; pictorial models, including arrays, area models, and equal groups; properties of operations; or recall of facts


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