In a French Immersion class, students were asked to solve an open-ended problem in groups of three and then represent their thinking in any way they chose. The problem was:
There are six cookies for the three of you. Saha’s mom said he can only have one cookie. How will you share all the cookies so it’s fair?
The video shows how students used a variety of ways to solve this problem.
In the first two clips, the group shows how they have organized their thinking in a table. M explains that she and A will be able to eat two cookies today and S will only get to eat one cookie, but he will get a second cookie tomorrow. This shows that they can think beyond the present time. They illustrated their solution by drawing an arrow and a cookie and “demain” for tomorrow.
In the third clip, another group shows that they have organized their thinking through a series of drawings. S describes how it would not be fair if one student had more cookies than another student. M and J then use theirs drawing to describe how they would divide each cookie into six equal pieces with each student eating two pieces from each cookie. The smaller pieces would then make one larger cookie meaning that they were still following Saha’s mom’s direction that he can only eat one cookie.