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Friday, December 9, 2011

Mathematical Analyzer and Thinker Award Goes to Rebecca!

This week, our class has been analyzing the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, and using some very important math thinking skills to solve two major problems I developed from this favorite Christmas tune.  One of the problems was to determine how many total items were given to "the true love," the recipient of the lavish gifts mentioned in the song. Students analyzed each stanza to build a number line outlining how many items were given each day and then used the daily totals to figure out their final answer.  Once they had finalized and checked their work, they wrote their answer on a slip that was placed in our drawing.  After I took out all those who submitted the wrong answer, a winner was chosen. Congratulations to Rebecca, our Mathematical Analyzer and Thinker!  She won a New York City t-shirt bought from the heart of NYC in Time Square when Miss Tripp visited there earlier this fall.  A special thank you to all the students for their hard work and dedication in developing their math thinking skills this week!

Check out our blog post on the Twelve Days of Christmas activity if you would like to enjoy the challenge of math with a festive Christmas flair!

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