Today in Ms. Selhub's class, math partners worked on figuring out what types of gardens they could fence with 30 feet of fencing. Part of a geometry unit in which students investigate perimeter and area, students used 30 one inch toothpicks to represent their units of fencing.
How many different kinds of rectangular garden plots do you think can be made out of 30 feet of fencing? Which do you think would make the best garden plot?
Using mathematical concepts to solve real world problems in multiple ways promotes flexible thinking in mathematics.