Fundamental Problem Solving Concepts

Make Connections

Performance Task

Ways of Thinking: Make Connections

  • Take notes about the strategies and tools that your classmates discuss in their presentations.
  • As you listen to the presentations, think about the ways that each classmate used the steps of the problem-solving process. Which step(s) do you think were the most helpful for each individual in solving the problem?


As your classmates present, ask questions such as:

  • Can you explain how you made your graph?
  • How did you decide which measurement units to use for time and distance?
  • How did you know your answer was reasonable?
  • What tool did you find to be the most helpful for solving the problem? Why?
  • What did you do to understand the situation?
  • Did you have any errors in your thinking? If so, what were they and how did you correct them?
  • How does knowing the time relationship between lightning and thunder help you calculate the distance of lightning from you?
  • What mathematical strategies are the most useful in solving a problem in which you are given a relationship between variables and are asked to make predictions?