Task# Delayed Gratification

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is for students to compare two options for a prize where the value of one is given $2 at a time, giving them an opportunity to 'work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.' This context also provides students with an introduction to the concept of delayed gratification, or resisting an immediate reward and waiting for a later reward, while working with money. This task would work well with partners so that students can discuss options and check each other's work. Students should discover that while they can take the money now, if they wait, they will receive 10 more dollars.