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Pasta bundles

Achievement Objectives:

Achievement Objective: NA4-4: Apply simple linear proportions, including ordering fractions.
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The purpose of this activity is to engage students in using volume/capacity calculations to solve a problem.

Description of mathematics: 

The background knowledge and skills that need to be established before and/or during this activity are outlined in the diagram below:

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This activity may be carried out with step by step guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own method of solution. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students' skills and depth of understanding.


Frieda wants to make 2-serving sized bundles of pasta to store in the freezer.

Her pasta recipe requires 2 eggs and 1 cup of flour for three servings.

She has one dozen eggs to use. How many bundles can she make?

How much flour will she need?


The procedural approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to follow a series of steps to find the solution to a proportional reasoning problem.

The arithmetic approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to explore, with appropriate calculations, to solve a problem involving proportional reasoning.

The conceptual approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to find the solution to a proportional reasoning problem in context.
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