Synthesize/Apply/Reflect

Review the following problem (suggested for Grades 3-5):

The Brown Family Reunion took place on July 4th. Thirty-three family members came. Everyone enjoyed eating hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and ice cream. Forty-eight hotdogs were eaten, including the 5 that the family dog, Napoleon, ate. How many packages of hot dogs were left over if 7 packages of hot dogs were purchased for the reunion?

Describe what makes this problem difficult for students? Be specific. What are the benefits of such a problem? Explain your answer.

In a reflective essay, comment on the strategies that would be of best use when presenting this problem to your students.

Assignment Guidelines

  • Review the following problem (suggested for Grades 3-5):
  • The Brown Family Reunion took place on July 4th. Thirty-three family members came. Everyone enjoyed eating hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and ice cream. Forty-eight hotdogs were eaten, including the 5 that the family dog, Napoleon, ate. How many packages of hot dogs were left over if 7 packages of hot dogs were purchased for the reunion?
  • Describe what makes this problem difficult for students? Be specific. What are the benefits of such a problem? Explain your answer.
  • In a reflective essay comment on the strategies that would be best to use when presenting this problem to your students