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Two problems that are good for developing number sense and problem solving skills.


  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Algebra
  • Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics > Problem Solving

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problem solving



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Update Standards?

CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.3b: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

A solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using n unit cubes is said to have a volume of n cubic units.

CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

S2486745: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics

recognize a cube with side length of one unit as a unit cube having one cubic unit of volume and the volume of a three-dimensional figure as the number of unit cubes (n cubic units) needed to fill it with no gaps or overlaps if possible; and
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-07-23.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

These two problems force students to think about problems for which they lack the tools to solve them. On the one hand this will stretch the student’ thinking, always a good thing. But on the other hand, the students simply cannot solve either problem without better tools and a better model of how the world works. This may lead to frustration.

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