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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crew News December 20, 2012

Math Exchanges
To complement the previous posts on math, I thought I would share some work samples from our most recent math exchanges sessions. This problem produces so much out of the box thinking. Take a look at these samples.

Four children are sharing 10 brownies so that each one will get the same amount. How much can each child have?





This is what students are able to do after we get through all of their suggestions of sharing the "extra" brownies with teachers or parents or putting them away or selling them and so on. Once we get past this original wish to get rid of those problem brownies, we begin to think about how to share them equally among the 4 students. We are capable of some great thinking. (Click on the pictures to see a larger version.)

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ No Home Link today. Try one of the math practice ideas in yesterday's blog post.

Report Cards
Report cards are in your child's Thursday folder. If you child did not get a report card that means that there are fees owed and it is being held in the office until the fees are paid. You can pick it up there after the fees have been paid.

Remember to check out Ms. Deborah's post about the new report card and how to interpret it at her blog, Ponderings of a Principal. We also sent home an email on Tuesday with the link to this post and an attachment that helps explain the new system.

Workshop
This morning we turned our classroom into a workshop. We made snowflakes using a process that was similar to how we did our paper cutting at the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center. Then we had a bit of time to create whatever we wanted using construction paper, snowflakes, glue, scissors and more. What a fun morning!










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