Balls Galore: Evaluating Playground Ball Companies:
This MEA gives the students the opportunity to evaluate and rank several playground ball companies based on their use in a summer camp program. Students should use multiplication to determine the total cost of the balls for each company.
Beach on a Budget:
Topic Overview:This 5th grade MEA asks students to work in teams to determine from which store they will buy beach equipment for a new beach rental business, after considering several criteria. After the students have created a proposal based on given data, a twist is added which may vary their results.
Cameras on Campus:
This MEA uses technology and real world problem solving to hook the students.
Evan's Family Vacation:
Evan needs your help convincing his parents to rent a car for their family's vacation to Washington D.C. His parents are thinking of traveling in the family's old SUV that has no air and horrible gas mileage. Students will be asked to estimate each rental car's gas costs along with the weekly rental fee to rank the choices. In the twist, the students will be given safety information and must decide how to change their procedure with the new information.
This MEA asks the students to compare hand drying products based on: initial cost, replacement cost and absorbency. Students will provide the "top choice" to the principal of the school and explain how they arrived at the solution. In the twist, students will be asked to consider the environmental impact of the products and reevaluate their conclusions.
Getting the Top Mini-Fridge not a "Small" Deal.:
In this MEA, students will create a procedure to rank five mini-refrigerators to determine which one is the best at freezing water (making ice), keeping food and drinks at a safe temperature, having the best design, and price.
More Bang for your Buck!:
In this open-ended MEA, students will work in teams to determine a procedure for ranking recycling companies. Students will need to calculate their return on recycling, make decisions based on a table of data, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.
New Frozen Yogurt Store:
This MEA asks students to decide which factors are important in developing a successful frozen yogurt (froyo) store in order to compete with and become the best store in the area. Students will provide feedback to an entrepreneur who is looking to open a frozen yogurt store. They will rank order their choices of the most successful to least successful store. Students will provide a detailed written explanation for how they decided to rank factors and their solution rating existing stores from best to worst.
Not that Hot Anymore:
The students will rank companies offering canopies to a school for their Physical Education field.
Stand Up and Cheer:
This MEA asks the students to compare items to be given to fans attending a college homecoming football game.
Students will use multi-digit multiplication and measurement conversion while comparing data on the items. They will also take into account fan reviews of the items which should create interesting student discussions.
Sunshine Beach Hotel MEA:
This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) asks students to develop a procedure to select a hurricane shutter company.
Tablets for Mrs. Tomlinson's Class:
Students' love of technology will hook them on this MEA that also applies their knowledge of multiplication, estimation, and rounding. And that's just the beginning!
Which Sweets for the Bakery?:
This MEA gives students the opportunity to use real world data to rank proposed product lines from most likely to be profitable to least likely to be profitable. There are two sequential tasks; the second task adds a component of complexity to the original task. Students will apply multiplication and division skills in problem solving, write a procedure with grade-appropriate organization and conventions, and participate in group collaboration to complete this task.