This argumentation problem was designed for fifth graders understanding measurement and the relationship between area and volume. Students are given a visual representation of a floor plan, as well as the area and volume, and must critique the reasoning of the given response by investigating if the floor plan will always have the equal area and volume. This task provides a modification to simplify what is being asked of the students and contains argumentation language when asking students to create a claim, state evidence, and work through misconceptions.
Microsoft Word version: 5_MD_MeasurementAreaVolume_Problem_Critique
PDF version: 5_MD_MeasurementAreaVolume_Problem_Critique
This task is designed for third grade students to understand measurement in terms of volume. Students must decide if they have enough oil to bake a cake, construct an argument, and explain their thinking. Baking a Cake requires students to convert from ounces to cups and vice versa, and contains whole numbers and fractions.
Microsoft Word version: 3_MD_MeasurementVolume_Problem_Construct_BakingACake
PDF version: 3_MD_MeasurementVolume_Problem_Construct_BakingACake
Changing the Area asks students to explore both area and perimeter using Base Ten Blocks. The task asks third grade students to arrange Base Ten Blocks in different ways to preserve area and change perimeter, then to preserve perimeter and change area. The task uses little argumentation language but asks students to explain reasoning and discoveries. Students are also asked to critique a student’s claim by agreeing or disagreeing and providing explanation.
Microsoft Word version: 3_MD_MeasurementPerimeter_Problem_Critique_ChangingTheArea
PDF version: 3_MD_MeasurementPerimeter_Problem_Critique_ChangingTheArea
How Many Perimeters is an argumentative task designed for third graders that utilizes visual thinking, hands-on interaction, and divergent thinking, with modifications provided. Students are asked to use algebra tiles to determine if all shapes created with the same three tiles will have the same perimeter. Argumentative language, such as constructing a claim and providing evidence, are heavily used throughout the bulleted and multi-part task, and students are asked to work in teams and share their claims with the class.
Microsoft Word version: 3_MD_MeasurementPerimeter_Problem_Construct_HowManyPerimeters
PDF version: 3_MD_MeasurementPerimeter_Problem_Construct_HowManyPerimeters
This task is designed for third graders to construct an argument comparing the area of two rectangular rooms given side lengths. Students must understand the relationship between length and area. Students are given a graphic organizer that provides argumentation vocabulary including claim, evidence, and warrant.
Microsoft Word version: 3_MD_MeasurementArea_ArgumentFrame_Construct
PDF version: 3_MD_MeasurementArea_ArgumentFrame_Construct