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Girl Scout Cookies

by Dan Meyer


Act One

  • Dan Meyer

    Dan Meyer

    March 01, 2016

    How many boxes of girl scout cookies will fit into that trunk?

  • 1.

    What's a number of boxes you know is too high?

  • 2.

    What's a number of boxes you know is too low?

  • 3.

    What's your best guess?

Act Two

  • 4.

    What information would be helpful to know here?

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  • 5.

    Estimate the capacity of the trunk and the dimensions of the cookie box.

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  • Teacher note
    This is a great moment for you to help your students understand how to work with this information and the concept of volume to get an answer to our question.

Act Three


  • 6.

    If your mathematical answer was different from the actual answer, what might explain the difference?

  • 7.

    The Girl Scouts are considering a Super Box of cookies which is twice as long, tall, and wide. How many Super Boxes would the trunk hold?

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