The problem the students were working on was:
There was a giant who was 6 cubits and a span tall. How tall do you think the giant was? We didn't have this problem on a piece of paper for the students to read but a good discussion was had about tall and big as well as what a cubit and a span was. It was also a great time to have a conversation about thinking and what it looks like. If you want to know please message me & I would be happy to tell you.
We sent the students to work when they we thought they were ready. Some had confused faces but they are kids and want to please. This problem was done the second and third day of school. Yes, you read that correctly. They could use whatever they wanted, paper, blocks, etc.
We got a variety of strategies and different looks to the giant. I'm showing this one because when we were finished we compared the strategies to each other. We didn't get to these two but wouldn't it be interesting to compare how these two examples are similar and different. What would your students say?