Activity: Improving Questions

First do the Asking Questions Activity where you are asked to write down 5 real-world questions that can be answered using numbers.

Now we want to take those questions and make them better.

For each question:

  • Is it possible to answer?
  • Can we answer it exactly (or close enough)?
  • Do we know what each part of it means?
  • Ask "does that depend on ... "

Example: How many trees in the park?

When you start counting the trees you may find lots of tiny ones ... should they be counted?

Maybe the question could be changed to

How many trees taller than 2 meters are in the park?

Example: How long would it take to cut the grass along the street?

What are you using to cut the grass: A lawn mower? One you sit on?

Maybe the question could be changed to

How long would it take to cut the grass along the street using our lawn mower?

Also: what does "along the street" mean? Just the grass alongside the road? Maybe you need a map!

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