3 Act Tasks
A Three-Act Task is a whole-group mathematics task consisting of three distinct parts: an engaging and perplexing Act One, an information and solution seeking Act Two, and a solution discussion and solution revealing Act Three.
Why would I use this strategy?
How do I use this strategy?
ACT 1: Engage and Perplex
ACT 2: Seek Information and Solutions
ACT 3: Reveal, Discuss, Extend!
The design of a 3-Act Task is meant to help students see that the math they learn is power rather than punishment. Each of the 3 steps is critical:
3-Act Tasks can be found throughout the SFUSD Math Core Curriculum in Elementary, Middle, and High School.
Some of our favorite resources for 3-Act Tasks are from these blogs:
Download a recording sheet for upper grades to use with 3-Act Tasks here. (Adapted from Andrew Stadel.)