It’s been awhile since I created a video story problem (almost 2 months since the last one), but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all of the video story problems being created and shared by students over on the Video Story Problem Channel. I have a few ideas in the works for how to take the videos and create a more easily replicable and practical way of integrating them into math and science instruction, but for now it’s time to get back on the horse and start creating anew. At least that’s what all the motivational blog posts and articles about starting off a new year tell me; work, work, work!
I actually stumbled across this story problem while spending a lunch with the 5th grade teachers in our district, and noticed the almost obscene amount of syrup they had left over from their holiday parties before break. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing; when you have more than 300 students, teacher, and parent helpers eating at once you need plenty of sweet topping for your pancakes and sausage. I was curious though, with so many bottles, how much syrup actually had been used, or how much was left, either question is interesting to me.
Have fun estimating, and if you have ideas about how to tweak the presentation, let me know, I’m not “stuck” on any pre-conceived notions of how to present this problem.