3 Act Mathematical Storytelling

Feb 26, 2015

“Life is a story which we all live, and in order to lead our students to true real-world connections, it makes sense that through narrative, through story, we will enrich the lives and academic pursuits of our students” Timon Piccini
This framework can help you focus on the planning and implementation of rich tasks into your teaching practice. If you are unfamiliar with mathematical storytelling, I suggest you read and watch the following by Dan Meyer:  

Dan Meyer’s explanation of the Three Act process.

It is his framework that I use with these 3 act lessons.

I encourage you to check it out and try it!

“Graham Cracker” is my favorite 3 Acts Math Task lesson for elementary.
Click HERE to see G.Fletchy’s full lesson and other 3 Acts lessons and information.

“Graham Cracker”
Standard: 1.NBT.1, 1.NBT.4

Watch the video. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

  • How many crackers come inside the Graham Cracker box?  Estimate.
  • Write an estimate you know is too high.  Write an estimate you know is too low.


sheets of crackers per sleeve
number of sleeves per box


number of crackers in the box

Click HERE to learn more about 3 Acts Math Tasks from Timon Piccini and HERE to find more of G.Fletchy’s lessons.

Click on the links below to get FREEBIES of my 3 Acts Guidelines and my 3 Acts Booklet that you can use in your classroom!

3 Act Guidlines

3 Act Booklet

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