Fall Math Fun Fair

To apply math skills to real life, the third graders developed their own Fall Math Fun Fair for the PreK/K students, with the fourth graders serving as buddy leaders.  They each designed a game that would teach an appropriate skill, made sure the stations had variety, estimated and made lists of supplies, planned prizes, and took responsibility for the process start to finish.  Watching their 21st century skills of collaboration/critical thinking/communication/creativity shine was such a treat.  More coming soon . . . .

Cade’s Sneaker Word Problems

So here they are, samples of the sneaker word problems from Cade’s station.

***Elizabeth and Annabella:  Cade has a pair of sneakers that is worth $400, and my pair cost about $20.  How much are both pairs altogether?

***Noah:  If Cade has 35 pairs of sneakers that cost an average of $100 each, what is the total estimated cost of his collection?

***Joshua:  The most expensive shoe Cade has ever seen in person is worth $30,000.  The most expensive shoes in the world, the solid gold Air Jordans, cost $2,000,000.  How much more are the golden shoes?

***Jonah and Adelle:  If you buy two pairs of the golden Air Jordans, what would the price be?

***Charlotte:  If Cade gets ten pairs of sneakers every month for his collection, how many pairs would he have in twelve months?

***David:  If Cade got ten pairs of the $400 Yeezy sneakers, how much would it cost?

If you create a sneaker word problem in the comments, we will solve it!

Sneaker Wonder

In my own professional reading this summer, The Curious Classroom absolutely inspired me as I investigated the topic of student-driven inquiry.  The author, Smokey Daniels, discusses how to connect the wonders all around us with the things we need to learn.  Passionate inquiry begins with our own wondering.

So in walks Cade as our TA, presenting us with a perfect example.  I had never really thought much about sneakers.  They make feet happy, but other than that I hadn’t really pondered them much.  Well, who knew!  In connecting with Cade’s obsession with sneakers, we found out that sneakers are FASCINATING.  We are overflowing with sneaker ideas.

At our Friday math stations, Cade led “Cade’s Sneaker Word Problems.”  The students researched sneaker facts with him and filled the board with their wild findings.  We discovered that in 1990, Nike lost a shipment of 80,000 sneakers at sea, and they have been traveling the ocean currents at an average of about seven miles a day ever since.  Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are the world’s best selling sneaker ever, now up to a total of about 600 million pairs.  We located the most expensive sneakers, $2 million solid gold Air Jordans, and Michael Jordan’s game-worn Converse Fastbreak sneakers sold for $190,373.  And there’s so much more . . . .

To inspire us, Cade wore the crown of his collection that day, his Adidas Yeezy 350 v2 Boost cream white sneakers.  Guess how much they are worth in the comments, and we’ll tell you in a later post.

What are you curious about?  Share the wonder with us this year!


Monster Math

Here are our math monsters CRUSHING MATH!

Our first math unit explores place value, so we went out on a hunt for Math Monsters today.  Each hidden monster had a number, but it could be written in standard, expanded, or word form.  It could even be made with base ten blocks.  The math adventurers worked to correctly write all four forms of each discovered number.  Thank you, Cade and Mrs. Shedd, for hiding all the monsters!