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Shorter Shovels

by Dan Meyer


Act One

  • Dan Meyer

    Dan Meyer

    January 17, 2012

    At the end of a year, how many extra holes will Stanley have dug with the longer shovel?

  • 1.

    What's a number you know is too high?

  • 2.

    What's a number you know is too low?

Act Two

  • 3.

    What information would be useful to know here?

  • ImageThe dimensions of the shovels
  • Teacher note
    Students should decide for themselves how much shorter X-Ray's shovel is than Stanley's.


  • 4.

    How short would X-Ray's shovel have to be so that he was doing half of Stanley's work every day?

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