LAFS.5.SL.1.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  1. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
  2. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
  3. Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
  4. Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 5
Strand: Standards for Speaking and Listening
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5012070: Grade Five Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5020060: Science - Grade Five (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5008070: Health - Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5010010: English for Speakers of Other Languages-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
5013010: Elementary Chorus (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5013020: Elementary Band (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5013030: Elementary Orchestra (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5021070: Social Studies Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5010046: Language Arts - Grade Five (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7712060: Access Mathematics Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
7720060: Access Science Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
7710016: Access Language Arts - Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
7721016: Access Social Studies - Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5003060: Dance - Intermediate 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5001060: Art - Intermediate 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5013110: Music - Intermediate 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5013035: Elementary Special Ensemble (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5011050: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2016 and beyond (current))
5002020: Introduction to Computer Science 2 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7701045: Access Art Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2018 - 2019, 2019 and beyond (current))
5012065: Grade 4 Accelerated Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7708050: Access Health Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2020 and beyond (current))
5004250: Theatre Intermediate 3 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.5.SL.1.AP.1a: Make appropriate comments that contribute to a collaborative discussion.
LAFS.5.SL.1.AP.1b: Follow discussion rules and protocols using academic language.
LAFS.5.SL.1.AP.1c: Review and respond to the key ideas expressed within a collaborative discussion.
LAFS.5.SL.1.AP.1d: Elaborate and build on others' ideas using textual evidence to support their own ideas.

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Catch Me If You Can: Engineering Design Challenge:

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Weathering Weather:

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One of These Days… Right to the Solar System!:

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Separating Solid Mixtures:

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Banana Bonanza:

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Clean Dat "SPACE" Inc.:

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Not that Hot Anymore:

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Getting the Top Mini-Fridge not a "Small" Deal.:

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Workouts That Work:

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Keeping Your Cool With Your Lunch Bag:

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Evan's Family Vacation:

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When Weather is Right…We Camp!:

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Museum Dilemma:

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Pounds to Ounces: Is There Profit? MEA:

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Wildlife Refuge MEA- Feeding the Animals:

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Pendulum Inquiry - Wrecking Balls:

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The Tiger Rising: A Book Study Using Literature Circles:

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Pendulum Inquiry:

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We Learned About the Challenger:

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Inventions and Innovations MEA:

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What's in a Name? Where am I in the Universe? Researching the Planets:

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The Dazzling Painting Co.:

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Kelly's Cafe - Mixing It Up!:

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Are You Pulling My Leg!? A Lesson On Idioms:

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Stand Up and Cheer:

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Blow Me Away:

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The students will consider company's cost; selling price; whether hand dryer turns on when hands are placed near it; whether hand dryer stays on when hands are near it; whether hand dryer turns of when hands are moved away; appearance and energy efficiency.

Students will provide "top choice" to Blow Me Away Incorporated and explain how they arrived at the solution.

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Soccer Team Uniform Decision:

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How Many Gigabytes Does Lathan Really Need?:

Students will be comparing quantitative and qualitative aspects of technology devices in order to rank them for a particular student's needs.

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Cereal Box Volume Varying Predicament:

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Telescope Tally:

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Come Sail Away!:

In teams, students will determine which sailboat the Leeward Family should purchase. They will use their knowledge of multiplying decimals to assist in their problem solving. The criteria will be based on air conditioning, swim out, auto helm, recent bottom job, condition of sails, condition of upholstery, and other twists!

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Black Out in an Ice Cream Shop!:

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Bridge to Perfection:

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Getting Dry:

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New Frozen Yogurt Store:

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Transformation of Electrical Energy:

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Scuba Diving Mask Search:

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Storage for Storage:

In this MEA, 5th Grade students will work in teams to determine a procedure for ranking Storage Sheds for a construction company that is moving to a new facility to purchase. Students will need to calculate the square feet and cubic feet of space for the Storage Shed, make decisions based on a table of data, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.

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Jay Wilder's Snorkeling Adventures MEA:

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Caladocious Skate Parks:

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Exploring Forms of Energy:

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Pop Goes the Balloon, a Rube Goldberg Design Project:

The students will work in small groups in order to build a "Rube Goldberg" machine. A "Rube Goldberg" machine is modeled after a famous cartoonist who tried to make more difficult ways to accomplish simple tasks, such as popping a balloon. The students will build one machine, made from many simple machines working together, to perform their task. The machine is only permitted to be touched at the beginning and must work independently from that point on.

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Body Swatter:

Students work in cooperative groups to research and write questions for an active game designed to review the major organs of the systems of the human body (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and excretory system).

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Fantastic Fable for Teamwork:

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Now You See Me! Now You Don't ! - A Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS) Lesson:

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What’s New at the Zoo?—an Engineering Design Challenge:

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I Will Survive! - An Engineering Design Challenge:

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Shoe Closet MEA:

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Mission to Mars: A Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS) Lesson Plan:

This lesson uses the Comprehension Instructional Sequence reading model to provide an opportunity for students to become interactive with the text, "Mission to Mars" and to think critically about the Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity.

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Amazing Adaptations!—An Engineering Design Challenge:

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Be very, very quiet... Hunting MEA:

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Close Reading Exemplar: "The Making of a Scientist":

The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits they've been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynman's recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir.

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Close Reading of the Fable "The North Wind and the Sun":

This lesson will engage students in high-level discussions that involve conceptual understanding. After close readings of this short fable, "The North Wind and the Sun" by Aesop, students must complete activities that require them to think deeply, make inferences based on textual evidence, and defend their interpretation during discussions. Students will use context clues to determine word meaning and unfamiliar phrasing. Students will participate in a Socratic Seminar evaluating conceptual understandings, examining morals, and making inferences. Students will engage in student-to-student discourse and partner work throughout the lesson. For the summative assessment, students will write an explanatory text to convey understandings presented in texts and through images.

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Informational Texts: Analyzing Relationships and Points of View Across Multiple Texts:

This lesson is an instructional routine for informational text in which teachers provide guided practice and students practice mapping details from multiple texts. Mapped details are used to analyze relationships and points of view from texts on the same topic.

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Property Picking Pickle:

Students will graph points on a coordinate plane to help them to determine which property would be best suited for a recreational building. This lesson has students practice graphing points, as well as challenging their critical thinking skills with a real world problem.

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Sunshine Beach Hotel MEA:

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We're Curious!—An Engineering Design Challenge:

This Engineering Design Challenge is intended to help students apply the concepts of forces as they build containers to protect their eggs in an egg drop. It is not intended as an initial introduction to this benchmark.

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Teaching Ideas

Teaching Tolerance: Reading Advertisements:

This resource is provided by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and encourages students to look critically at advertisements.

These activities will help students:

  • learn to conceptualize advertisements as texts that can and must be critically read.
  • develop explicit strategies for reading and interpreting advertisements.
  • recognize that advertisements are constructed messages.

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Teaching Tolerance: What's for Sale:

This resource is provided by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and encourages students to look critically at advertisements.

These activities will help students:

  • define the meaning, purpose and influence of advertising.
  • think about advertising as something that can be read and interpreted, like other written and visual texts.
  • activate and communicate prior knowledge about the role advertising plays in their daily lives.

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Unit/Lesson Sequences

Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art 5th Grade Unit:

This is a fifth grade poetry unit using the book Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art by Belinda Rochelle. This poetry unit addresses genre, main idea, tone, theme, author's purpose, and figurative language. The unit concepts are supported through a student packet, which includes worksheet activities and graphic organizers.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins 5th Grade Unit:

This is a fifth grade unit on the novel The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. Several concepts are explored throughout this lesson, including plot, conflict, prediction, characters, theme, and relationships. The student packet and accompanying materials provide practice with these concepts.

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Maniac Magee 5th Grade Unit:

This is a fifth grade unit on the novel Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Graphic organizers, charts, comprehension and vocabulary worksheets, and authentic collaborative activities are used to enhance interaction with the novel. Several concepts are pursued, including theme, conflict, relationships, plot, and characters.

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STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?:

This activity allows students to determine the types of items that should be in a hurricane survival kit, use a budget and calculations to determine the items to include in the kit and gain an understanding of hurricanes and the need to prepare for them.

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.

Banana Bonanza:

The students have been hired as consultants to analyze data and recommend a new farm location for a fruit company. The students will learn about climate, weather changes, and develop a proposal for the Organic Inc. company.

Be very, very quiet... Hunting MEA:

This activity has students getting a request from a client asking them to pick the best new breed for hunting moles.

Black Out in an Ice Cream Shop!:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) asks students to develop a procedure for choosing a back-up energy source (generator) for an ice cream shop. Students will need to consider Cost of unit, wattage output, size of fuel container, length of time this machine will run, auto turn on, and the number of outlets it can receive. In the second portion of the problem statement, the students will need to prepare and compare the cost of use for 24 hour period. They will need to determine if they have still made the correct choices while adding three more generators for consideration, and make a cost analysis for 24 hours of use. In the culminating activity, the students will write a proposal for the client for the generator of their choice and include the 24 hours cost analysis.

Blow Me Away:

This MEA asks the students to decide which hand dryer model would be the "best and the worst" for Blow Me Away Incorporated to sell.

The students will consider company's cost; selling price; whether hand dryer turns on when hands are placed near it; whether hand dryer stays on when hands are near it; whether hand dryer turns of when hands are moved away; appearance and energy efficiency.

Students will provide "top choice" to Blow Me Away Incorporated and explain how they arrived at the solution.

LEGO Education WeDo Robotics extension activity can follow should a school have the WeDo program.

Bridge to Perfection:

During this activity, students will read a book about the Brooklyn Bridge. After whole class discussion, children will explore different types of bridges and data, in order to decipher which bridge is the strongest. The students will work collaboratively in groups with assigned student roles. Students will utilized Higher Order thinking to create a solution. The culminating activity is a presentation of solution to whole class.

Building a Better Baseball Team:

In this MEA activity, students will be comparing and contrasting whole and decimal numbers in order to recruit a baseball player(s).

Caladocious Skate Parks:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 4th-5th grade level. In this open-ended problem, students must consider how to rank skate board wheels based on factors like types of surfaces, price, and durometer. In teams, students determine their procedures and write letters back to the client.

Cereal Box Volume Varying Predicament:

Students will review rectangular prisms and the formula for finding the volume of rectangular prisms. Once students have determined the volume of a number of rectangular prisms (cereal boxes), the students will use that information to help a fictitious company in determining which cereal box they should use for their new product.

Clean Dat "SPACE" Inc.:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 5th grade level. Clean Dat "SPACE" MEA provides students with an engineering problem in which they must work as a team to design a procedure to select the best space junk cleanup company for the purpose of keeping the International Space Station safe while in orbit.

Come Sail Away!:

In teams, students will determine which sailboat the Leeward Family should purchase. They will use their knowledge of multiplying decimals to assist in their problem solving. The criteria will be based on air conditioning, swim out, auto helm, recent bottom job, condition of sails, condition of upholstery, and other twists!

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 families 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.

Getting Dry:

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.

How Many Gigabytes Does Lathan Really Need?:

Students will be comparing quantitative and qualitative aspects of technology devices in order to rank them for a particular student's needs.

Inventions and Innovations MEA:

Inventive minds have persisted throughout history. Inventors have improved our lives with inventions created out of a desire to solve a problem or make the quality of peoples' lives better. Our president is concerned that we are not keeping up with other countries in the area of engineering and inventive thinking. Why is this? As students explore famous inventions from around the world throughout history, they will decide what the best inventions of all time are and support their opinion with strong reasons.

Jay Wilder's Snorkeling Adventures MEA:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 5th grade level. Jay's Wilder Snorkeling Adventures MEA provides students with an engineering problem in which they must work as a team to design a procedure to select the best snorkeling equipment company for their customers.

Keeping Your Cool With Your Lunch Bag:

On this MEA activity, students will create a procedure to rank five lunch bags as to which one is the best in keeping food and drinks at a safe temperature and appealing to the taste, while keeping design and price on target.

Kelly's Cafe - Mixing It Up!:

In this 5th grade MEA, students will work in groups to develop a procedure to rank which self-made, children's drink would be best to add to a current coffee shop menu. Students will consider factors such as flavor appeal, temperature of drink , costs, time required to mix drink, special equipment needed and nutritional value. Students will apply knowledge of how temperature and stirring can affect dissolving time.

Museum Dilemma:

In this MEA, students evaluate the contributions of various explorers to help a museum select the subject who provided the most impact on Western development for a new exhibit.

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.

One of These Days… Right to the Solar System!:

In this MEA, students have been asked by Space R Us to evaluate other planets in the solar system for possible human population. Students have to rank the planets in order and defend their choices.

Pick A Pet:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) asks students to develop a procedure for choosing a reptile or amphibian to place in a school reception area. Students will need to consider safety, price of animal, cost by week to feed animal, size and cost of the enclosure, and the life span of the animals they are considering. In the second portion of the problem statement, the students will need to prepare a budget and cost analysis for the year to consider if they have still made the correct choices while adding three more animals for consideration. The culminating activity for this MEA will have the student write a proposal for the Principal to state their choice of animal, give a year's budget for cost and care for the animal.

Pounds to Ounces: Is There Profit? MEA:

The client, Twi N. Key Bakery, wants your students to help them determine which product to sell in your school. Along the way your students will have to convert pounds to ounces as well as survey their peers.

Property Picking Pickle:

Students will graph points on a coordinate plane to help them to determine which property would be best suited for a recreational building. This lesson has students practice graphing points, as well as challenging their critical thinking skills with a real world problem.

Scuba Diving Mask Search:

This MEA asks the students to decide which company would be the “best and the worst” to use to purchase scuba diving masks for Tino’s Scuba Diving School to provide to their diving certification students. Furthermore, the students are asked to suggest which type of scuba diving masks should be purchased in term of multiple panes – single pane mask, double pane mask, full face mask, skirt color, fit, durability, and price. Students must provide a "top choice" scuba diving mask to the company owner and explain how they arrived at their solution.

Shoe Closet MEA:

In this open-ended problem, students will work in teams to determine a procedure for ranking shoe closets for a company to purchase. Students will need to calculate the cubic feet of space for the closet, make decisions based on a table of data, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.

Soccer Team Uniform Decision:

Students will learn about energy from the sun and how it is transformed into heat energy. Students will use this information to decide on a manufacturing company to order team shirts from.

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.

Storage for Storage:

In this MEA, 5th Grade students will work in teams to determine a procedure for ranking Storage Sheds for a construction company that is moving to a new facility to purchase. Students will need to calculate the square feet and cubic feet of space for the Storage Shed, make decisions based on a table of data, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.

Sunshine Beach Hotel MEA:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) asks students to develop a procedure to select a hurricane shutter company.

Telescope Tally:

Students will read a passage about Asteroids, Comets and Meteors and discuss the material within their groups. Students will then read an article about telescopes and features of telescopes. As a group, students will rate a list of telescopes by deciding which features they feel are most important. Students will be assessed on their writing skills as well as the science material they learned during the supplemental reading.

The Dazzling Painting Co.:

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When Weather is Right…We Camp!:

This exciting MEA requires students to review data and rank travel dates from best to worst in terms of weather conditions, to help the Neely Family decide what the best dates would be to go camping in Madison Fl. Students will consider wind speed, air pressure, humidity, air temperature by analyzing the given charts which include these data week by week. Students will work as a groups and create a model for ranking these dates. Students have fun, use problem solving and collaborative strategies while learning about the properties of weather.

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.

Wildlife Refuge MEA- Feeding the Animals:

Students use mathematical practices to recommend food packages for the Wildlife Refuge of North America to order.

Workouts That Work:

Students will create a rating system for workout DVD's according to weight loss, muscle toning, and increased physical condition.

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