If imitation is the purest form of flattery, then Graham should be pretty darned flattered. I imitated (read: stole) his The Big Pad problem for slightly younger grades. Graham’s task necessitates fractions, which was a bit further down the line for my intended audience, roughly grades two or three. In this task, the giant Post-It is 15 inches x 15 inches and the small Post-Its are 3 in x 3 in. Enjoy!
(Coming soon: a 8 in x 6 in Post-It Problem for grades 4-5, with additional commentary)
- Watch the video. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
- How many small post-its will it take to fill up the big post-it?
- What do you know? What do you need to know in order to solve the problem?