Skeleton Tower

Who doesn't like building blocks? In the task, pupils use a given diagram of a tower to determine the number of needed blocks. Using this information, pupils then develop a function rule relating the height of the tower to the number of needed blocks.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use actual blocks to model a simpler tower for learners struggling with the task
  • Convert the assessment task into a classroom activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to have prior experience writing functions to model situations

  • The first two questions provide scaffolding for the last, more abstract question
  • Resource includes a scoring rubric and examples of student work

  • Although the task provides an alignment to the A-CED domain, pupils do not need to write any equations
  • Scoring guide may be confusing