- How many water balloons will it take to fill the school gymnasium?
- How many flat toothpicks would fit on the surface of a sheet of poster board?
- How many hot dogs will be eaten at major league baseball games during a one year season?
- How many revolutions will a wheel on the bus make during our seventh grade trip from Baton Rouge, LA to Washington, D.C.?
- How many minutes will be spent on the phone by middle school students in the United States?
- How many pizzas will be ordered in your state this year?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I was at a session by Bernajean Porter and she directed us to a site of Fermi questions. I have been pursuing learning/thinking/producing rather than teaching/researching/consuming for a long time now (still learning!). I love the resource for open-ended questions.
Have you ever tied to sit down with a colleague and tried to make critical questions for a particular unit? If you have you know how difficult they can be to come up with. The questions below may not help with your particular unit, but they are a beginning. The Fermi question site has a ton of great ideas. Some examples:
I plan to use this site often. Check out the critical thinking page on our class blog.