When Math Happens  3 Act Math
Overview
Math can be solved through story problems. Most stories are divided into three acts.
3 Act math is a presentation of a math video and is completed in three parts.
 Act 1: Students watch a short video. They then make a hypothesis with a provided math prompt.
 Act 2: Information is given to help solve the math task. Students calculate the answer.
 Act 3: There is a final video with explanation and a short sequel.
Learn about how Dan Meyer and his ideas are helpful in solving mathematical problems. There are additional activities for grades four and five.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Be able to be curious thinkers.
 Be able to achieve a deep learning of mathematics as they develop a growth mindset.
Vocabulary
Vocabulary Words:
 Hypothesis: An hypothesis is an educated guess.
Preplanning
To prepare for this lesson:

The teacher may want to preview the videos and common core standards prior to assigning a task.

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Visit this link which gives an explanation of how 3 Act Math is created.
Note: These activities can be used for advanced math students and assigned on an LMS.
Accommodations
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Steps
Directions for this activity:
After introducing the concepts the teacher will have the students do the following:
 Act 1: Students watch a short video. They then make a hypothesis with a provided math prompt.
 Act 2: Information is given to help solve the math task.
 Act 3: There is a final video with explanation and a short sequel
Assessment Options
Different options for assessing the students:
 Observations
 Check for understanding
 Student journaling: What did you learn? What was the lesson about?
 Exit tickets.
 Students create extended questions.
MITECS Competencies
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
Creative Communicator
5a. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technologyassisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
5b. Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problemsolving and decisionmaking.
5c. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problemsolving.
5d. Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
Devices and Resources
Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad
Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL
Apps. Extensions, Addons
Websites:
The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story
When Math Happens  3 Act Math
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
ELA
Journaling in math. Students can use the lessons to have math talks.
Math
Problem solving strategies can be used for math talks.
Credits
This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, October 2018.