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Nuts in a Bowl

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In the Nuts in a Bowl problem, students are asked to determine how many nuts there are in each of the five bowls.

This PoW could be used to work with:

  • addition
  • algebraic reasoning
  • logical reasoning
  • prime numbers

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Alignment to the NCTM Standards - Grades 3-5

Number and Operations
- compute fluently and make reasonable estimates

Reasoning and Proof
- make and investigate mathematical conjectures
- develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs

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