Math: Performance Task in Action

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Principal Katrina Kelly recently challenged third grade students at Mullan Trail with a very special video Performance Task: Create an artistic mathematical array to decorate the hallways of their school.


Principal Katrina Kelly and third grade teacher Mary Pattis look over several student array projects.

Each array project had to be made up of multicolored tiles arranged in a artistic pattern.  The tiles had to touch sides and they could not touch diagonally only. The students then had to figure out how many tiles were needed and what arrangements were best. The winning third grade team will soon be putting in a work order so that boards can be cut and the artwork can be installed on the wall.

For more math ideas like this one, visit the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website. Dawn Signature