Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) Designing a Restaurant - Section 2: Evauating the Size - Is the area of my restaurant 800 square meters or less?

 

This is a complete task and the thinking it requires is solid preparation for the types of questions they will be asked on the new Common Core aligned assessments.  They need to think both creatively and practically in the design of their restaurant. Students apply basic computation skills (multiplication facts), and an understanding of area as an array in the planning an analysis of their model. 

Opportunities for extension and enrichment arise in the opportunity to apply scale to the model.  Higher level analysis occurs when they evaluate their model for mathematical precision and logical choices.  A task on the new assessments wouldn’t be this involved but this is the type of thinking our students are now being asked to do (thank goodness!) where they both apply the skill/concept in a creative and/or practical away and then evaluate the reasonableness and precision of their mathematical choices.

  Students Evaluate Their Work
  Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): Students Evaluate Their Work
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Designing a Restaurant

Unit 14: Area and Perimeter
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT design the floor plan for a restaurant, either a real plan for a refugee family living in Kampala or an imaginary floor plan for a community restaurant.

Big Idea: Understanding area and perimeter can help children work on solutions to very important, real world problems.

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