Not all writing has to be fiction or nonfiction stories! They can be math stories! I thought this was such a GREAT IDEA I had to share!! I love that they took the math story problems we do and created their own! This is definitely something they could do this summer as BOTH writing and math practice! LOVE IT!
During math, I've been throwing some complicated, multi-step problems at them! Some are embracing the challenge, others not so much ha ha but they are learning how to persevere and make more than one attempt to solve a problem. Take a look at what comes home, maybe have a talk out about it. See if they can explain their work (or probably their frustration wink wink) but hopefully they can tell you what they did or tried.
Today we did a problem involving rows of gum. They had to tell me how many pieces of gum (but they couldn't count by 1's) and if there are 16 pieces in each pack, how many packs did they have to use.
I took a picture of few kids sharing out their problem solving (not necessarily right answers).
You may have already heard, but we are starting a HUGE nonfiction research project! The kids are very excited about it and picked their own topics:
Miranda: Arctic Foxes
Meg: Bearded Dragons
Chase: Hammerhead Sharks
Aseda: Walk Disney
Audrey: Humpback Whales
Luca: George Washington
Sal: Blake Griffin
Connor: Wolf Spiders
Ryan: Mega Mouth Sharks
We are going to use both books and computers to help with our research! We are using PebbleGo, National Geographic Kids (both online and the books) and I've checked out books from both the public and SCE's library for them. That being said, I know they are so excited, that they may ask for help. If you want, you are more than welcome to do some research at home and send it in. You do not have to :) They will have plenty of time and resources here, but they want to! :)
They will complete a huge packet that will have a final draft, which they will present to their classmates!
During our Magic Tree House adventures this past week we learned a lot about the "mad genius"; Leonardo Da Vinci. They were so interested in his ideas, art and inventions! We learned that Leonardo wrote backwards! And not just backwards by order, but literally wrote right to left and turned his letters around! I challenged them to write as homework and go tons of them! They were fun to read and they had fun trying it out!
We also learned about Leonardo's thirst for knowledge, his curiosity and his art! We talked about the Mona Lisa (it's sooooo small lol) and his ideas and thoughts that were waaaay before his time; which gave him the nickname the "mad genius".