Dan Meyer's 3 Act Math Tasks

Real World Math for Common Core and Ontario Curriculum


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Hot Coffee

How many gallons fit into that coffee cup?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
Apply geometric concepts in modeling situations.
Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems.

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Graphing Stories – 3 Act Math Style!

Can you draw the graphing story?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Distance-Time Graphs, Graphing Relationships, Linear Relations

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Big Nickel

Would it be cheaper to build it using nickels?



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Andrew Stadel
Cathy Yenca
Dan Meyer
Kyle Pearce

Math Topic:
Proportional Reasoning, Volume, Problem Solving

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Super-Bear

How many regular bears equals the super bear?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

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Taco Cart

Who will reach the taco cart first?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

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Bolt

How fast is Usain Bolt running?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems // Direct variation // Linear equations

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Meatballs

Will it overflow?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).

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Bone Collector

How big is the killer's shoe size?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

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Apple Mothership

How many people per square foot is that?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Apply geometric concepts in modeling situations.

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Water Tank

How long will it take to fill up the water tank?



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Dan Meyer

Math Topic:
Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems. Visualize relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.

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