Three Act Tasks




What is a Three Act Task?

It is a lesson structure in which there are three parts (or acts). It creates an opportunity for students to become interested in modeling an accurate estimation/solution without the unnecessary myopic focus on the "right" answer.

  • Act 1: Introduce the problem situation with a video clip of photo
  • Act 2: Students collect data and solve the problem
  • Act 3: Reveal the answer and reflect on student solutions and solution methods

Here is a beautiful description (with examples) of Three Act Tasks with elementary students. Give a Three Act Task a try with your students!

Here is another very detailed walk-through of the Three Act Task structure. (From the inventor of the Three Act Task himself!)



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