The Alberta Mathematics Curriculum states:
"There are critical components that students must encounter in a mathematics program in order to achieve the goals of mathematics education and embrace lifelong learning in mathematics.
Students are expected to:
The program of studies incorporates these seven interrelated mathematical processes that are intended to permeate teaching and learning."
The curriculum is available to view at -
For the next three years our school development plan will focus on Mathematics. For the next while, we will send home a parent bulletin to each family every week that explains one of the Mathematical processes named in the quote above or how Math is being taught at our school. Watch for the first one this Friday and please keep reading the blog!
We are excited to share this work with you. Please contact your child's teacher or the school office to discuss it!
Last Week's Math Challenges
In case you missed the last couple of blogs, ALL students are challenged to respond to two math problems each week and they are invited to share their solutions with peers, other grades - and with YOU!
Leo the Rabbit is climbing up a flight of 10 steps. Leo can only hop up 1 or 2 steps each time he hops. He never hops down, only up. How many different ways can Leo hop up the flight of 10 steps? Provide evidence to justify your thinking.
Found at https://www.youcubed.org/task/leo-the-rabbit/
Things to consider – What if Leo could go up or down? What if he had 13 steps? What if he couldn’t hop 1 step at a time?
These numbers were hard for Kindergarten, so Mrs. Emilsson challenged them to build 10 stairs. "I had to demonstrate the first ‘step” but from their they made it to 6 stairs- they noticed they needed “extra blocks” to build “one more step”. I liked that I could hear the words ‘extra’, ‘one more’ and continuous counting. They also noticed they did not make it to 10… “because 6 is smaller” Other kids joined in and they made it 9 steps.
Another challenged I posed was to build the tallest tower possible that would hold the rabbit. A made it to, but noticed it would fall over- so she built a second tower beside it to help it “be more straight”. She counted the blocks and realized the tower had 20 blocks!
Another group of girls came along and wanted to try the challenge. They started by building wide at the bottom “it’s like a castle” They also made it to 10 blocks high. Then it fell over…They went on to build again and made it to 12. They counted to 12 and then had a discussion if you write a 12 with a 2 and a 1 or a 1 and a 2. I directed them to the number line where they realized it was a 1 and 2!
"Great mathematical conversations were had!" ~ Mrs. Emilsson
"Got It" is an adding game for two players. It is a version of a well known game called Nim.
Start with the Got It target 23.
The first player chooses a whole number from 1 to 4 .
Players take turns to add a whole number from 1 to 4 to the running total.
The player who hits the target of 23 wins the game.
Play the game several times.
Can you find a winning strategy?
Can you always win?
Things to consider - Does your strategy depend on whether or not you go first? What happens if you change the target to 24?
News from Grade 5/6
PE FOCUS – Cup Stacking
Playground schedule - Division 1 on playground before school and at recess and Division 2 on the playground at lunch time.
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