Grade 3

When Math Happens - 3 Act Math

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Teacher at Board with math facts

Overview

Math can be solved through story problems. Most stories are divided into three acts. 

3 Act math is a presentation of a math video and is completed in three parts.

  • Act 1: Students watch a short video. They then make a hypothesis with a provided math prompt.
  • Act 2: Information is given to help solve the math task. Students calculate the answer.
  • Act 3: There is a final video with explanation and a short sequel.

Learn about how Dan Meyer and his ideas are helpful in solving mathematical problems. There are additional activities for grades four and five. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to be curious thinkers. 
  • Be able to achieve a deep learning of mathematics as they develop a growth mindset.

Vocabulary

  1. Hypothesis: An hypothesis is an educated guess.

Pre-planning

  • The teacher may want to preview the videos and common core standards prior to assigning a task.

  • Visit the When Math Happens 3 Act Math section.

  • Visit this link which gives an explanation of how 3 Act Math is created.

Note: These activities can be used for advanced math students and assigned on a LMS.

Accommodations

Steps

After introducing the concepts the teacher will have the students do the following:

  • Act 1: Students watch a short video. They then make a hypothesis with a provided math prompt.
  • Act 2: Information is given to help solve the math task.
  • Act 3: There is a final video with explanation and a short sequel

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Student journaling: What did you learn? What was the lesson about?
  • Exit tickets.
  • Students create extended questions.

ISTE Standards

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5a. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.

5b. Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.

5c. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

5d. Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Apps. Extensions, Add-ons

Websites:
The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story

When Math Happens - 3 Act Math

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

  • Journaling in math. Students can use the lessons to have math talks.

Math

  • Problem solving strategies can be used for math talks.

Credits
This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, October 2018.