On November 29, we wore out moustaches to show our support for Movember. Mr. Taylor was generous enough to bake moustache cookies for the entire school and we made donations to help raise awareness about men's health. Thanks to everyone who showed their support!
For the past couple of weeks, we've been exploring how open questions in Math can help us learn better. An open question is one that offers access to learners of all ability levels and learning styles. It may also have multiple solutions, meaning that we need to thinking more critically to understand the concept and whether we are meeting the criteria or not. If you're interested in learning more about open questions in Math, check out Marian Small's book "Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction" here. She includes a lot of really practical information and explains how open questions can be beneficial for students.
Since we are just beginning a unit on the relationship between decimal numbers, fractions, and percentages, we've been exploring place value and how base 10 blocks can help us represent numbers in different ways. For example, one of our open questions was: "Use 12 base 10 blocks. How many numbers can you represent?" We spent a lot of time on this question but everyone was on task because it was challenging and fun. Some of us worked in groups and some of us worked individually. Some of us used numbers, some of us drew pictures, and some of us used base 10 blocks to help find our solutions. Whichever tool or strategy we chose, what was most important was communicating our thinking. Another example of an open question we explored in class was: "If the solution is 4,2 what possible decimal numbers could be in the addition or subtraction sentence?" Some of us found digit patterns and others found visual patterns using base 10 blocks. We were all successful in coming up with more than one possible solution.
We will continue to use open questions throughout the year to push our mathematical thinking!
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