Act One: Take a look at the picture. What is the first question that comes to mind? How many donuts is that? What information would be useful? Act Two: See pictures below. Your students can view all of the pictures here: Kirspy-Kreme-photos.pdf. Here is some extra information: ExtraInfo.pdf with more useful info for you to consider sharing with students.
The activity guide: DonutActivityGuide.pdf
For members we have teaching tips and solutions: DonutSolution+tips.pdf
This activity can address many different CCSS depending on solution method, age level of students, and the conversations you are having in class. What might come up? different areas or arrays, scale, estimation, volume and in particular volume by multiplying the base area by the number of layers.
CCSS: 4.MD.3, 4.NBT.5, 4.OA.3, 5.MD.3, 5.MD.5, 6.G.1, 6.G.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 7.G.6, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP6, MP7
Act Three: This news clip gives the solution: https://youtu.be/wEmp_y9kAIU
Sequel: Now that you know how many donuts are in the box, what dimensions and number of rows and columns could give this exact number of donuts? Explore other questions such as how many calories are in this box?
Extension: How much did that box of donuts probably cost?
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