Rebecca Hansen - Maths Content Associate, Edrolo

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Get students applying their knowledge of multiplying and dividing decimals and working with units of length in this fun video-based Maths challenge.

**Note** - You'll need access to the internet and YouTube to show video 1, video 2 and video 3 for this lesson. You could easily fit this into a 40-60 minute lesson, depending on students' level and extension questions.

**Question: How many books do you need to make a human stack of books?**

**Australian Curriculum links**

- Multiply and divide fractions and decimals using efficient written strategies and digital technologies (ACMNA154 - Scootle )
- Recognise and solve problems involving simple ratios (ACMNA173 - Scootle )
- Draw different views of prisms and solids formed from combinations of prisms (ACMMG161 - Scootle )

**Relevant Edrolo Year 7 Maths lessons**

- 5E Multiplying with decimals
- 5F Dividing with decimals
- 9A Units of length
- 9D Drawing 3D objects

**How to implement in your class**

- Google form
- Jamboard
- Powerpoint
- groups/ partners/ individual work
- Whiteboards/ big paper to brainstorm
- Students write a hypothesis, method, results, discuss/ present their conclusion to the class/ partners/ groups

**Part 1 - Setting the problem**

Show students video 1. The video shows me (Rebecca) next to books that are being stacked one by one.

Teacher Questions

- What is an overestimate?
- What is an underestimate?
- What information is useful in this video?
- What information do you need to solve this problem?

Students are:

- Guessing estimates
- Reasoning: Apply known geometric facts to draw conclusions about shapes
- Problem Solving: Formulating and solving authentic problems involving numbers and measurement

**Part 2 - Solving the problem**

Show students video 2. The video shows that Rebecca is 165 cm tall. The length x width x height of the book is 29.8 x 22 cm x 1.9 cm.

Teacher Questions

- How could you solve this problem?
- Would you round your calculation up or down?

Students are:

- Reasoning: Apply known geometric facts to draw conclusions about shapes
- Problem Solving: Formulating and solving authentic problems involving numbers and measurement

**Part 3 - Answer and exploration**

Show students video 3. The books are counted on screen and the final number that appears is 87.

Teacher Questions:

- Did your answer match the video?
- Why was your result the same/ different?

Students are:

- Reasonsing: Students are drawing conclusions about their calculations

**Extension **

- What would be the total number of books if the books were stacked standing up as opposed to laying down?
- How would the height of the books be affected if the books were not rotated 180 degrees when stacked?
- If Rebecca wore a headband that increased her height by 11 cm, how many more books are needed to reach her height?
- Half of the books are stacked - what is this number?
- 30% of the books are stacked, what is this number?
- If Rebecca wore a headband and the total book count was 92 books, how high is her headband?
- The rate that it takes to stack the books is 1 book per 20 seconds. How long would it take to stack 87 books?
- The total time it took to stack 87 books took 42 minutes, what would attribute to the extra time?

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