Three Act Tasks

Thank you to Graham Fletcher,, for being so amazing to come up with most of the three act tasks found below. Other contributors are mentioned in the document when you scroll down.


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*This document is updated often. It is better to come back to the website when you need a three act task than to download it. 

Have a Three Act Task that you want to share? Contact Heather or Alicia!

Click here to watch Graham Fletcher do a 3 Act Task with a 5th grade class

Click here to watch Graham Fletcher do a 3 Act Task with a Kindergarten Class

Some key points to look for- his timing, precision is expected, questioning of students, student discussion, student involvement.

This document explains what a Three Act Task is:


Organizer for you to Laminate:

Intermediate 3-act-recording-sheet1

Primary 3-act-recording-sheet-k (1)

3 Act Lesson Template WCPS Primary Version

3 Act Lesson Template WCPS ELE Version

Article and Planning Sheet for how to do Act 2:

Article-Orchestrating Discussions

Task Planning Page

A Peak Inside Jill Marsh’s 3rd Grade Classroom

This video is part of Sarasota County Schools’ “Making Sarasota #1 in Mathematics” grant program, funded by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. In this lesson, Phillippi Shores Elementary School 3rd grade teacher, Jill Marsh, leads her students in an exercise on estimating the number of Skittles in a jar, a Three Act Task. The exercise teaches students to use and apply critical thinking, reasoning, and math skills to solve a real world problem.

Teaching Channel Three Act Task Addition Video

Teaching Channel Three Act Task Subtraction Video