## cup_stacking task.pdf - Section 2: Box of Cups Challenge

# Cup Stacking

Lesson 15 of 19

## Objective: SWBAT gather data and create a function to represent a relationship among the data.

#### Warm Up

*5 min*

For today's Warm Up, I have again provided students a graph that has no axes labels. This time, however, the slope is negative. I want students to create a story that matches this graph. This may pose a challenge as we have mostly seen and worked with positive slope line previously.

Once the timer sounds, I ask some "pre-selected" volunteers (ones I have picked out and asked beforehand while taking roll) to share their stories. After each story is shared, I ask students to respond with thumbs-up (agree), thumbs-down (disagree) or thumbs-sideways (not sure). My hope is that by practicing these graphing stories, students will continue to gain a stronger conceptual understanding of the meaning embedded in graphs.

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#### Box of Cups Challenge

*30 min*

For today's activity, I provide each student a stack of 6 cups. Because I typically seat four students to a table, I have four different brands of cups that I use. That way, students can still support each other in the activity without giving each other data since each person at the table has a different set of 'prototype' cups.

Once everyone has their cups and lab sheet, I introduce today's scenario:

*You have been hired by a box company to design a box that holds 50 cups. You have only been given a small number of cups as prototypes. You must gather data about the cups you stack and organize it in a table. Then, using your data, graph the information. Use your table, graph, or rule to determine the height of the box you need to design for your stack of cups.*

I explain that accuracy in measurement is critical in today's task, so we will be using Mathematical Practice 4: Attend to precision. I call the students' attention to the fact that the table is already labeled in centimeters and ask, "Is centimeters precise enough or should we measure to tenths of a centimeter (mm)? What do you think the company would like?"

I then explain that I intentionally gave each student a stack of cups that is different from others at their table. However, I still want to encourage them to support each other during the task as needed.

I ask for clarifying questions and set the task timer for 30 minutes.

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#### Closure

*10 min*

When the task timer sounds, I ask for volunteers to share the equations they found for their cup type. On the SmartBoard, I wrote three equations for each type in a table, so students could easily compare them. I asked students to talk at their table for one minute about what would cause the differences in the equations of the same cup types. After a minute, students shared their ideas with the larger group. Most groups cited precision in measuring as the main cause.

To close the lesson, I wanted to see how well students were connecting their equations to the situation, so I posed the following questions for students to answer in their journals:

*-What does the slope of your equation represent?*

*-What does the y-intercept of your equation represent?*

Because more than half of my students speak English as a second language, I like to provide opportunities to write about their thinking, even if it's just a sentence or two, every day. As students leave class, I read over their responses, stacking their journals into two stacks: One of students who demonstrate understanding and one for those who do not. This will help me keep track of students who need additional support through after school tutoring.

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- UNIT 1: Welcome Back!
- UNIT 2: Rules of Exponents
- UNIT 3: How Big? How Small?
- UNIT 4: So What's Rational About That?
- UNIT 5: The Fabulous World of Functions
- UNIT 6: Shapes On A Plane
- UNIT 7: What's at the Root?
- UNIT 8: Playing Around with Pythagoras
- UNIT 9: Quantum of Solids
- UNIT 10: It's All About the Rates
- UNIT 11: Oni's Equation Adventure

- LESSON 1: Fabulous World of Function- Unit Introduction
- LESSON 2: Turtle & Snail Part I : An Introduction to "Rule of Five'
- LESSON 3: Turtle & Snail Part II
- LESSON 4: What's My Rule?
- LESSON 5: What's My Rule? Technology Mode
- LESSON 6: Writing Function Rules
- LESSON 7: Rule of 5 Poster Project
- LESSON 8: Charity Walk-A-Thon
- LESSON 9: Which T-Shirt Company?
- LESSON 10: Right Hand/Left Hand
- LESSON 11: Penny Bridges
- LESSON 12: Penny Bridge Debrief
- LESSON 13: What's the Correlation?
- LESSON 14: Slinky Stretch Lab
- LESSON 15: Cup Stacking
- LESSON 16: Gas Guzzlers
- LESSON 17: Rule of 5 Card Match
- LESSON 18: Here Comes Halley!
- LESSON 19: Buying a Ford Mustang