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Can you save fred the situation
Can You Save Fred(The Situation)

  • Poor Fred! He was sailing along on a boat (the plastic cup) when a strong wind blew it upside down. Fred (the Gummi Worm) ended up on top of the upside down boat. Unfortunately for Fred, his life preserver (the Gummi Saver) is still trapped under the boat.


Can you save fred the task
Can You Save Fred(The Task)

  • Your job is to place the life preserver firmly around Fred’s body, but you must do this while obeying three rules.


Can you save fred the rules
Can You Save Fred?(The Rules)

  • Fred may not fall into the “sea” (onto the desk) more than three times; if he does, Fred has “drowned.”

  • You may not injure him in any way.

  • You may only use the four paper clips to move Fred, the boat, and the life preserver - this means no touching!


Can you save fred problem solving techniques

Use objects to model the problem

Develop a plan

Find a pattern

Draw a picture or a diagram

Act out the problem

Guess and test

Work backwards

Write an equation

Make a table or graph

Simplify the problem

Make a list

Can You Save Fred?(Problem-Solving Techniques)


Can you save fred record of attempts
Can You Save Fred?(Record of Attempts)


Did you save fred results and reflections
Did You Save Fred?(Results and Reflections)

  • Using Microsoft Word, describe how your lifesaving techniques were successful or a failure. Use visuals as well as text.

    • Explain any difficulties you experienced with Fred’s rescue.

    • Include which of the problem-solving techniques you used to complete this task.

    • When finished, trade your finished results with others and observe how similar or different your techniques were.


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