Dylan comes to me and asks, “if I pick 60 raspberries every two days, how many will I have in 5 days?”
Of course the mathematician in me is cheering, “a real life opportunity to learn basic algebra.” So I proceed to ask, “well we need to know how many you pick each day.”
He replies with “well, I think it’s 3+3, so 30 in one day”
Then he counted by 30s (he hasn’t done much multiplication yet 😉) to find out how many in five days, but of course that wasn’t enough he had to continue on until he got to 30 days. Lots of motivation since it’s a problem he wanted to figure out that was relevant to him.
Here is the first page of his work 🙂