Laboratory on Mathematics and Mathematics Education/Fermi Questions
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Fermi questions edit
Task 1: Characters in your life edit
Answer the question for yourself: "How many characters have you read in your life?" After 10 minutes, discuss the problem and find a solution as group (think-pair-share, active plenum).
- Your results: Model of reality
Task 2: Mozambican Fermi questions edit
Create a list of Fermi questions which are related to Mozambican culture and life.
- Your results: Fermi questions
Task 3: Think about Fermi questions! edit
Answer the following questions for yourself:
- What are the characteristics of Fermi questions?
- Why should Fermi questions be part of mathematics in school? Find some arguments!
Collect the answers in the group (think-pair-share, active plenum).
Task 4: Cars in Mozambique edit
Reflect on the mathematical modeling process by answering the Fermi question "How many cars are in Mozambique?". What has to be done in each step of the process?
Task 5: Introducing Fermi questions edit
When students are not used to Fermi questions, they have problems to solve them. It's the teachers responsibility to help them. How can students be supported when they answer Fermi questions for the first time? Collect your results!