I did not put a new Math Challenge out last week, there were just too many things that I needed to do on the homefront. There will be another, and the LAST, one ready to go this Monday 5/23. Since my last post there have been two Math Challenge announcements so let's start with that.
Math Challenge #12
Primary Math Champ: Tatum in Ms. Ward's class
Intermediate Math Champ: Anna in Ms. Hunter's class
Onlies: Asa from Mr. Bing's class and Lucca from Mr. Liner's class
Primary classroom winner: Ms. Meck (only beating Ms. Shaw's by 4 by the way...)
Intermediate classrrom winner: Ms. Goldman
Math Challenge #13
Primary Math Champ: Nilah from Ms. Ward's class
Intermediate Math Champ: Sydney from Ms. Colando's class
Primary classroom winner: Ms. Meck
Intermediate classroom winner: Ms. Goldman
During the last Monday Morning Meeting I shared a couple of pictures with the school:
I have to also give some highly deserved recognition to both Ms. Ward and Ms. Meck here, as they have their own stories of perseverance when it comes to the Math Challenges.
For Challenge #12, Ms. Ward realized that many of her students weren't quite ready, so she took the time to pre-teach and to practice the skills that were necessary to complete the challenge. She also re-wrote the original challenge in a way that would be easier for her students to use. She kept trying and made it work! Her effort and perseverance helped pave the way forChallenge #13 .
Ms. Meck realized that her class was finding Challenge #12 quite ... well ... challenging also. But instead of moving on, or giving up, she had the class work on it again. Her stack of entries had "1st Try" and "2nd Try" written on the tops. I found this picture on the internet when looking for ideas for the next challenge:
(I did edit the writing, but I can't tell you how fun it was to see all of the different ways used, cubes, and manipulatives were spelled...)
Claire, 1st grade - How I figured it out, I took 16 cubes I took 4 out, I put the 4 in a pile and made that Lady's. I used manipulatives.
Connor, 1st grade - I tried my best!
Queen-zy, 1st grade - Because I put 2 spiders and counted 1 fly.
MacKenzie, 4th grade - PS is this a true story? ... MacKenzie, usually all of the names are real and they really are my family members or friends, but not always the situation.
Riese P, 1st grade - I know that 2 flies and 1 spider = 20. So 1 fly and two spiders = 22.
Audrey, 2nd grade - We got cubes and split them apart. We guessed and checked.
Sadie, 2nd grade - I love math so much!
Olin, 1st grade - I know flies have six legs and spiders have 8 legs.
Rupert, 1st grade - Different number combinations.
Hazel, 1st grade - I drew a picture of 2 spiders and 1 fly.
Aleena, 1st grade - I used popcicle sticks on both of them.
Jocelyn, 1st grade - I have Lady 4 at the start and then gave one of them 1 then the other one 1 and so on. I got help from my friends.
Elise, 1st grade - 16-4=12 and 12 divided by 2=6 so the both get six and then Lady gets 4 more and that = 10 so Lucy is left off with six.
Tilly, 1st grade - Because I worked harder than before.
Olivia, 1st grade - We picked a number and came up with 12 and it worked. After we moved the numbers around.
Hazel, 1st grade - I used 20 cubes and separated them into groups.
Lewis, 1st grade - I used the hint to help myself.
Ivy, 1st grade - I used unifix cubes. It was hard but I figured it out by unifix cubes.
Will, 1st grade - I tried like four times. I was frustrating!
Ruby, 1st grade - I worked so hard that I can not even tell you and my hand and neck are super sore!
Thank you all for reading this far.
Thank you students for all of the work and effort that you have put into the Math Challenges ... AND ... for sharing your thinking, pictures, and thoughts with me (and each other)!
Thank you teachers for taking the time out to do this with your students (I have definitely seen growth) and for partnering with me on this adventure!
Thank you families for helping your children as they learn and grow on their personal math journeys!