You're the Director: A Problem Solving Activity



Subject: Arithmetic, Problem Solving
Author(s): Megan Bomer

Class Period/Time: 2-3



Files: Current attached Lesson files



This activity allows students to put together their arithmetic and problem solving skills to solve a large problem. Students are given the following problem: Imagine that we decided to put on a play to make some money for our school by selling tickets and juice. Also, we have to consider the rent for the theater and the cost of the juice. Using these constants and working with several variables, students come up with many ways to solve this real world problem. When groups are finished, allow each group to present their findings to the class.

  • Students will use their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve the problem
  • Students will use their problem solving skills in order to determine how to approach and solve this problem
  • Students will come up with a way to organize their constants and variables
  • Students will improve their skills at working in groups to solve a large problem
STANDARDS Illinois Learning Standards Addressed: (Upper Elementary)
  • 6.A.2 Compare and order whole numbers, fractions and decimals using concrete materiČals, drawings and mathematical symbols
  • 6.B.2 Solve one- and two-step problems involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • 6.C.2a Select and perform computational procedures to solve problems with whole numbers, fractions and decimals.
  • 6.C.2b Show evidence that computational results using whole numbers, fractions and decimals are correct and/or that estimates are reasonable.
  • 7.A.2b Solve addition, subtraction, multipliČcation and division problems using currency.
  • 10.A.2a Organize and display data using pictures, tallies, tables, charts, bar graphs, line graphs, line plots and stem-and-leaf graphs.

NCTM Standards
  • Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems
  • Build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving
  • Solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts
  • Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems
  • Monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving
  • Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others
  • Analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others



Theater Works Student Worksheet

Numbers to Experiment With Worksheet


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