AI and Mathematics Story Problems

Why?

This lesson plan introduces AI as a modern tool to enhance math education, specifically in developing and solving story problems. It leverages generative AI’s capabilities to create engaging, context-rich math problems, fostering critical thinking and real-world application skills among students. This integration showcases the intersection of technology and education, preparing students for a tech-savvy future.

Materials Needed Time needed 
Computers or tablets with internet accessAccess to AI text generator (links at end of document)Printouts of AI-generated story problems (optional) Approximately 30 minutes
Objectives
  • Students will be able to interact with an AI tool (such as ChatGPT) to generate math story problems.
  • Students will be able to use their problem-solving skills by tackling unique, AI-created scenarios.
  • Students will be able to critically assess and revise AI-generated content for clarity and relevance.
Lesson  

Introduction to AI text generator: Briefly explain AI and introduce AI text generator, focusing on its ability to create story problems.Illustrate the process of creating story-based problems for whatever process currently being studied in the class. (See examples at the end of the lesson.)Warn students that AI text generators do not necessarily have a perfect understanding of mathematical facts, so they may struggle at times to create solvable problems.There are several different ways to respond if the AI text generator provides a problem that does not fit with the task requested:Keep prompting it to revise problems until it comes up with one using the requested skillsAsk students to analyze the problem to try to understand what it is actually asking

Generating Story Problems: Divide students into pairs or small groups. Each group interacts with an AI chatbot to request math story problems relevant to their current topic of study.

Suggestions: Ask the AI to write a story in a particular setting or genre that is interesting to students. (such as medieval, sci-fi, etc.)If the problems are too easy or too difficult, prompt the AI with a request to modify. (For example, “The story problem is too complicated. Make it a bit simpler.”)Request the story problems unsolved. That way students will be able to do the math themselves.Request the story problems without the mathematical equations included. That way students will get practice extracting relevant information.

Solving ProblemsStudents print out the stories, or share with each other in documents, or project them in the classroom.Students work on the problems individually or in groups, writing out their solutions.

Discussion Questions
  1. How did the AI-generated story problems compare to traditional problems?
  2. What are the benefits and limitations of using AI to create math problems?
  3. Discuss any unexpected or unusual problems generated by AI and how they were tackled.
Supplemental Activity Ideas 

Graphing AI Data: Generate a series of AI-created data sets for different mathematical scenarios (e.g., sales over time, temperature changes). Students can graph these data sets, interpret trends, and make predictions.

Cross-Subject Integration: Use generative AI to generate story problems that incorporate elements of history, science, or literature, encouraging interdisciplinary learning.

Sources to Learn More

  1. IA Chatbots to try for this assignmentChatGPT: chat.openai.com

  1. Anthropic Claude: claude.ai/
  2. Google Bard: bard.google.com/cha
  3. tMicrosoft Bing Chat: www.bing.com/chat