Try This One with Your Students! [Back to Taking the Numb out of Numbers]

Is this statement reasonable or unreasonable? Convince me!

Here's a sample of student answers.

There is no way that this is true even if you exaggerate. Let's say you open the refrigerator door 5 times at breakfast, 5 times at lunch and 5 times at dinner. This would be 15 times a day.

It depends how many members are in the family. There are six members in my family so our refrigerator is opened six times more than those who live on their own.

I took a survey on this. 6 people said it was reasonable and 2 people said it was unreasonable. I think it's reasonable.
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