Our third graders are enthusiastic about their multiplication work. Today, the students were busy answering this complex, equal group question: There are bicycles and go-karts at The Wheel Shop. Each bicycle has only one seat, and each go-kart has only one seat. There are a total of 21 seats and 54 wheels in the room. How many bicycles are in the shop? How many go-karts are in the shop?*
We encourage students to work together and find solutions in multiple ways. Look at some of the different strategies students used below:
Our learning today stemmed from “guessing and checking” while trying to find a solution; negotiations with teammates; and post-activity conversations. This will surely be a stimulating math unit!
*This problem was created by The Noyce Foundations. You can find this one and similar ones on insidemathematics.org.