Teacher's Guide - The Chocolate Problem

A Cobblestone Crate in Partnership with Texthelp

Before using this guide

This ready-to-use classroom crate was developed in partnership with Texthelp.  Follow the instructions below to set up a rich math problem for your students using Read&Write and EquatIO to help all students in your classroom learn.

This crate will support you in setting up the math challenge, The Chocolate Problem, for your students.  Our team will support your students, from start to finish, with numbers for 10’s and then provide three additional problems with numbers for 100’s, 1 000’s and 10 000’s.

If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at help@cobblestonecollective.ca

MAterials for this Lesson

Share the Student GuideFair Trade PassageNumbers for 10’s Word Problem and the EquatIO Mathspace* with your class through Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Brightspace or the LMS you use.

Student Guide

Here’s a direct link if it’s simpler: thecc.page/student-texthelp

EquatIO Mathspace*

*New to Mathspace?  Use the instructions below in “EquatIO” to learn how to make your own template and share.

Start this Math Problem

If you’re new to Read&Write and/or EquatIO, w encourage you to check out the educator tutorial videos below.  Your students will be learning the same tools as they work through this problem with the Student Guide.

After your students work through this problem, we’ve created 3 more activities that expand their learning.  Click here to see the extension problems.

REad&Write Overview

Use the video to learn these features of Read&Write.

Inside this teacher overview, you’ll learn:

  • How to read the text aloud
  • How to use the highlight tool
  • How to use the dictionary

Inside the Student Guide videos, students will also learn these tools on their own as they read through the Fair Trade Passage with the on-camera team.

Play Video

Equatio OVerview

Use the video to learn these features of EquatIO.

Inside this teacher overview, you’ll learn:

  • How to find EquatIO Mathspace
  • How to change the background of a Mathspace
  • How to insert math
  • What is included in the ‘Shape’ tool
  • Other tools inside EquatIO

Inside the Student Guide videos, your students will learn a few of these tips and tricks as well.  However, instead of a stand-alone tutorial, your students will be learning as they solve this problem with the on-camera team.

Play Video

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EQuatIO - Making A Mathspace

Play Video

Use the video to learn to create the EquatIO Mathspace template your student will be using for this Cobblestone Crate.

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Copy the important information from the Word Problem into the Mathspace (CTRL/CMD + C to copy)
  • Paste the important information into the Mathspace’s text tool (if the formatting is off, try SHIFT + CTRL/CMD + V to paste)
  • Reformat the textbox to the top left-hand corner and lock the textbox
  • Add a tens frame, number line, or other manipulative to the template

Would you rather use a template than make your own Mathspace?  Click here to access an already completed EquatIO Mathspace for this Cobblestone Crate.

EQuatIO - Sharing A Mathspace

Play Video

Use the video to learn to share either the EquatIO Mathspace template you created or the pre-made one with your students.

  • Find the Share button
  • Select Make a Copy for each person
  • Copy the link and share it with your students

Next Step Activities

It’s time to continue the learning! Now that your students have completed The Chocolate Problem of Numbers for 10’s, it’s time to extend their learning.

Share these next step word problems with your class and encourage them to use Read&Write and EquatIO to make their thinking visible.

Numbers for 100's

Numbers for 1000's

Numbers for 10000's