This would be great to do with my 6th graders

“I feel so accomplished!” is what I overheard a student say after doing the Noah’s Ark problem solving activity in my class today. I also heard, “You will REALLY like math class today! It was so hard, but so much fun!”

I gave them the Noah’s Ark problem (thanks Fawn)! I followed Fawn’s suggestions for problem solving because she is the expert.

- Give them all their own copy of the problem. (And a sheet of animals to cut out if they wanted it). Noah’s Arc PS
- Let them read it silently
- Let one of them read it aloud while other students read along silently.
- Let them work silently for a few minutes.
- Let them work together.
- Discuss solutions.

While working silently, many students came up with a solution. However, once they started working with others, they realized that their solutions may not be correct. I loved how they…

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