School Trip (Bus) Problem
The School Trip Problem
You are about to go on a field trip with
the entire school. There are 438 teachers, students,
and administrators in your building. Everyone will
be traveling by school bus. If each bus (excluding
the bus driver) can seat a maximum of 30 people, how
many buses will you need to transport everyone.
Use a projection device to enlarge the student page
image on the screen or wall or make a transparency of
the student page to display the problem with an overhead
projector. Manipulatives can be used for counting
Environment: Cooperative Group setting.
Level: 6th grade.
Strategy: Groups work together to come up with a group answer to the problem.
Assessment: CCCS - Cluster 1 Ð Number Sense.
Setting the Stage
Doing the Activity
which are also popular answers to this question. Again, sense making is not taken into consideration when students answer 14 R 18 or 14.6 busses.
A good solution for students still struggling with problem solving with division is to answer this question in a sensible and more understandable way like the one below.
The student would see more clearly why 15 busses (not 14.6) are needed. Of course, this process is not as efficient as knowing what to do with the quotient after dividing, but it's a meaningful step in the right direction.