Red Dots, Blue Dots

Count the connections between dots. Young mathematicians come up with a method to determine the number of connections between pairs of dots. The assessment leads the class to determine the connections they can make when groups are connected.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide a brief overview of permutations and combinations
  • Give pupils paper and colored pencils to draw the scenarios
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should be familiar with vertex-edge graphs
Pros

  • Includes an open-ended question where there are many correct answers
  • The rubric is designed around mathematical processes, not questions
  • Resource downloads as an editable copy
Cons

  • None