3 Act: Don’t Spill the Beans!

When my son opened his box of Jelly Belly candies I couldn’t resist creating a 3 Act Math task as it was so perfectly set up in five neat compartments.  I am posting the acts here, but there are many different ways you could go with this task.  I have included several options for Act 3 depending on your goal for the lesson.  This task could be used for any of the following CCSS standards, but I have chosen to use it for 2.NBT.B.6 (yes I know it is 5 whole numbers) and 3.NBT.A.3

Act 1:

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Possible Question: How many beans altogether?

Write a too high and a too low estimate.

Act 2:

What information do you need?

Beans Act 3 RA.png

Act 3:

Beans Act 3 Add Total.png


Beans Act 3 Product.png

Other possible extensions:

Which fraction is pink? brown? Write an equivalent fraction.

Here is the blank picture if you would like to change the objective and create your own Act 3:





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