Here’s a really big problem you can work on with your students this holiday season.
Show them this video and ask: What do you notice? What do you wonder?
After allowing them to voice their noticing and wonderings guide them to wonder: How big is that new light? How many times bigger is the big light compared to the old light? How many Really Big Lights would you have to put up to cover the same length as last year?
Act 2: Here are some images to help make some conclusions:
Guess: How long is the big light? How many times longer is the big light than the small light?
Guess: How many small lights are in one string that stretches 15 feet?
Work together to determine how many Really Big Lights would replace the string of 50 lights? What assumptions will you make?
Act 3: Reveal
Why might your calculated answer be different from the answer shown?
If you had 50 Really Big lights how long would could they reach? How many cars could you put in that garage?
You can see more info about the lights over at http://reallybiglights.com/