DescriptionIn this edited video, the first of a set of two clips developed for the Private Universe Project in Mathematics, 12 fifth grade students during two consecutive classroom sessions work in two groups, one with five students and the other with seven, to construct convincing solutions for the Pizza Halves with Two Toppings problem. The students construct various representations, including drawings and symbolic charts to find and justify their conclusions about the number of possible pizza choices. There are voice-over explanations that refer to the children's representations and strategies interspersed throughout the edited video episode, and interpretive narrative by researcher Carolyn Maher and several of the students who reflect about their earlier problem-solving activity several years later as high school students.
Problem statement: Capri Pizza has asked us to help design a form to keep track of certain pizza sales. Their standard “plain” pizza contains cheese. On this cheese pizza, one or two toppings can be added to either half of the plain pie or whole pie. How many choices do customers have if they can choose from two different toppings (sausage and pepperoni) that can be placed on either a whole cheese pizza or half of a cheese pizza? List all possibilities. Show your plan for determining these choices. Convince us that you have accounted for all possibilities and that there could be no more.
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Related Publication Type: Related publication Label: Workshops (web-based) utilize the video PUP Math Pizza, Clip 1 of 2: Pizza halves with two toppings Publisher: Annenberg Learner Creator: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Name: Private Universe Project in Mathematics Workshops Reference: http://www.learner.org/workshops/pupmath/about/overview.html