Intellectual Need Rules for the Road

LinkRules for the Road

You Pour, I Choose

LinkYou Pour, I Choose


Deconstruct the experience. What are the three acts of this story? What were the teacher moves? How is it different than the same kind of problem in a textbook?


FileTextbook Modeling

LinkCommon Core Modeling

“The basic modeling cycle is summarized in the diagram. It involves (1) identifying variables in the situation and selecting those that represent essential features, (2) formulating a model by creating and selecting geometric, graphical, tabular, algebraic, or statistical representations that describe relationships between the variables, (3) analyzing and performing operations on these relationships to draw conclusions, (4) interpreting the results of the mathematics in terms of the original situation, (5) validating the conclusions by comparing them with the situation, and then either improving the model or, if it is acceptable, (6) reporting on the conclusions and the reasoning behind them.”

Finish the Story

Popcorn Picker

Which acts are missing? What media or information would you need to gather to turn these partial stories into complete math problems?

Proportion / Ratio

LinkDueling Discounts

LinkFinals Week

LinkPrint Job

LinkSugar Packets

LinkSuper Bear


Link25 Billion Apps

LinkPlaying Catch-Up

LinkDomino Skyscraper




LinkTaco Cart

LinkBurning Man

LinkCar Caravan

LinkBubble Wrap

LinkFile Cabinet


  1. Email a photo or a video that’s less than one minute long to that you think will provoke a lot of questions. Deadline is 9PM tonight.
  2. Take the end-of-the-day survey.

LinkEnd-of-the-Day Survey

Break Their Old Tools

FileSlope Formula

File2D Graphing



FileMeasures of Central Tendency


FileScientific Notation

FileAngle Labels

FileFactoring Trinomials

Just Add Need


filePots of Paint

fileShipping Routes

FileAngular Velocity

FileBead Store

FileBedroom Area

fileCheckerboard Borders

FileBrick Patio

FileCar Wreck

FileMarine Biology

FileMini Golf

FilePostal Service

FileRemote Control Car

filePenny Circle


LinkThree-Act Math Tasks

LinkVideo Story Problems (Primary Grades)

LinkGeoff Krall’s Problem-Based Learning Maps


LinkEstimation 180

LinkStandards-Based Grading

LinkWould You Rather Math