Rich Tasks, Activities, and Open Questions
Professional Reading on Creating and Identifying Rich Tasks, Activities, and Open Questions
How to Build Low Foor High Ceiling Tasks from wismath.org
What is a Rich Task? from NRICH
Rich Tasks by Lucy West
Integrating Rich Tasks from NRICH
Designing Open and Parallel Tasks from Differentiating Mathematics Instruction from the LNS Capacity Building Series
Making Space for Students to Think Mathematically from LNS Research into Action
Selected Websites with Rich Tasks, Activities, and Open Questions
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Which One Does't Belong is a website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn't belong.
Which would you rather have? At Would You Rather math, two choices or scenarios are presented. What you have to do is make your choice and justify your reasoning using mathematics.
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. NRICH aims to:
- Enrich the experience of the mathematics curriculum for all learners
- Offer challenging and engaging activities
- Develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Show rich mathematics in meaningful contexts
Open Middle problems require a higher depth of knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding .
- They have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.
- They have a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.
- They have an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.
The Problems of the Month found at Inside Mathematics are non-routine math problems designed to be used schoolwide to promote a problem-solving theme at your school. Each problem is divided into five levels of difficulty, Level A (primary) through Level E (high school), to allow access and scaffolding for students into different aspects of the problem and to stretch students to go deeper into mathematical complexity.
Math Catcher introduces mathematics and science to Aboriginal students through the use of First Nations imagery and storytelling. The storytelling, pictures, models, and hands-on activities encourage young people to enjoy math and help dispel myths that math is boring and abstract.
Illuminations provides standards-based resources and materials that illuminate the vision of NCTM for school mathematics and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.
Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
Opening Up Math
"Math is too much answer time and not enough learning time."