This one didn’t get much love when I threw it out on Twitter under the #anyqs hashtag. I still think it has nice use in a Math 10C or 10-3 class on measurement.
It’s a bit of a shaky video, so I paused it at the crucial parts. If it’s still hard to tell, I’m sitting on the side of the road. I have about a half tank of gas. My truck tells me I can go 163 miles until empty. The sign I’m stopped at tells me it’s 16 km to Leduc, 137 km to Red Deer, and 275 km to Calgary.
Let’s fit this into the 7 steps of LTPS.
- Play the video.
- Ask the students what they wonder. They will likely wonder where I can get to before running out of gas. I was wondering if I could make Calgary.
- Ask them to guess how far I can get. Near Calgary? Past Calgary?
- Ask them what other information they require to solve the problem. They will likely need some conversion factors.
- Students solve. Teacher circulates and offers support and/or extensions. Extensions could involve litres per 100 km or miles per gallon based on the fact that I have a 100 gallon tank in that truck.
- Students share answers. The teacher can’t play an answer video, because I didn’t actually drive until I ran out of gas. Sorry I didn’t take that one for the team for the sake of math education.
- Teacher summarizes learning with a brief wrap up on metric to imperial conversions.