Overweight, gone to pot

The student discussion questions for the article, Overweight, gone to pot, are aimed at encouraging students to focus on the concept of weight, and to relate this to their own lives.

The questions also focus on encouraging students to think mathematically, as there is a strong emphasis on problem solving. Students are required to use estimation, choosing correct calculations in order to solve problems, as well as experimenting with digits in order to make their own numbers. Students are also required to relate the weight of the pumpkin back to their class, by working out how many people in their class the weight of the record pumpkin would be equal to. (Note - need to bring a set of scales to class!)

(Written by Melissa Harris, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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