How Many Donuts is That?

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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 five pictures on this Google doc.  Here is some extra information: ExtraInfo.pdf with more useful info for you to consider sharing with students.

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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

  ExtraInfo.pdf

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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3 comments for “How Many Donuts is That?

  1. Amanda Fox
    September 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I’m excited to present this to the 4th graders. However, I can’t see the video. I don’t think it’s a problem with my browser, as I had a few other people try on different computers. Can you direct me to a link or somewhere to see it?

  2. Jackie Selevan
    May 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Our class was questioning the 3.5 ft measurement. It looks closer to 5ft. How accurate are the dimensions?
    Your response is appreciated.

    • May 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Jackie. I think your class is correct. The dimension doesn’t look like 3.5 feet to us either. The dimensions were given in the article about the giant donut box that is mentioned in the post. Thanks for the input. Leslie

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