Friday, March 10, 2017

Number Soup Mar. 6, 2017


Problem of the Week (Mar. 6, 2017)
Number Soup
Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.
SHOW ALL YOUR WORK on a separate sheet of paper.
PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.

Use these digits when solving this week’s problems.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Level 1:  High and Low:
  1. Find the highest total when adding 4 different digits listed above.
_____ + _____ + _____ + _____ = __________ Now describe a mental math strategy to add the digits.

    B. Find the lowest total when adding 4 different digits listed above.
_____ + _____ + _____ + _____ = __________
Level 2:  Back and Forth:  Use your answers from the Level 1 question. Can you figure out a way to arrange the 8 digits you used in Level 1 to make an addition problem that adds up to 11,110? Show your different attempts (don’t erase).
_____  _____  _____  _____
+ _____  _____  _____  _____
_______________________________
                 1    1  ,   1     1      0

Level 3: Create a Puzzle: Now it is your turn to create a puzzle for me using the same 9 digits on the top of this page. Write the math puzzle with clear instructions on a separate sheet of paper.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Alphabet Soup Feb. 27, 2017


Problem of the Week (Feb. 27, 2017)
Alphabet Soup

Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.
SHOW ALL YOUR WORK on a separate sheet of paper.
PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.


Level 1:  Take Flight: This puzzle is one that Mrs. Bailey found in a airplane flight magazine. She thought you might enjoy it. Directions: In the subtraction problem below, each letter stands for one digit from 0-9. Each letter is a different number. Find the value of A, B, and C.
A B A                     A=? B=? C=?
-   C A
                                                                              A B
Level 2:  Code Breakers:  This puzzle is adapted from puzzles found in a book titled Code Breakers published by Mindware. Solve the puzzle by determining what number belongs in place of each letter. All the numbers are whole numbers, positive numbers, and they can’t be zero. The numbers can be one digit (ex. 8) or more than one digit (ex. 13). In the puzzle, the letter A must always be the same number throughout the puzzle, and the same goes for B and C.
A=?  B=?  C=?
B + C = 13
C + C = 12
A + B = 10
Level 3: Advanced Code Breaker: Read the instructions above for Level 2, except instead of A, B, and C you will be have D, E, and F. Now try to solve this puzzle.
D=? E=? F=?
D + E + F = 14
F + E + E + F = 22
D + E + F + D + E = 21

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

President's Day Feb. 21, 2017


Problem of the Week (Feb. 21, 2017)
President’s Day
Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.

SHOW ALL YOUR WORK on a separate sheet of paper.
PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.

Level 1:  Names: Write down the last name of any 3 previous presidents of the United States. Below each name write down how many letters are in the name. Now add up the 3 numbers using a strategy such as number bonds or mental math (ex. make ten). Show or explain your method.

Level 2:  Through the centuries:  Find and print a list of United States presidents. Now circle groups of names by the century they started their presidency (1700’s, 1800’s, 1900’s, and 2000’s). How many presidents were in each century? How many total presidents?

Level 3: Fun Facts: Below are 4 presidential fun facts. Pick one fact and find out the year it happened. Now show and solve a subtraction problem that finds out how many years ago that event occurred.
  1. Franklin Pierce gave his 3,319 word inaugural address from memory, without aid of notes. Wow! Do you think you could do this?
  2. Lyndon B. Johnson was the first American president to name an African American to his cabinet.  Bonus: What was the cabinet member’s name?
  3. Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House.     Bonus: Where did they cook and bathe before that?
  4. John F. Kennedy was the first president to hold a press conference on television. Bonus: What communication method was popular before television?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Winter or Spring Feb. 13, 2017


Problem of the Week (Feb. 13, 2017)
Winter or Spring


Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.

SHOW ALL YOUR WORK. PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.

Level 1:  Snowflakes or Flowers: This week is going to be much warmer than usual for February. Does the warmer weather make you wish for the cold and some fresh snow, or are you dreaming of spring flowers? Tell me which by either making 3 snowflakes or making 3 flowers. When you are done making them show me an addition problem that finds how many points on all the snowflakes or finds how many petals on all the flowers. Now solve your addition problem.

Level 2:  Melting ice: The ice on the lakes is melting fast in this warm water. Over the weekend, numerous cars drove onto the ice and fell through. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the cars were ruined. Research what is a safe thickness of ice for a person and what is a safe thickness of ice for a car. Don’t forget to tell me the unit of measurement! Now tell me how can you tell how thick ice is?
Level 3: Temperature: On January 2nd, 2017 the low temperature in the Twin Cities was 28 degrees Fahrenheit and on January 3rd it dropped to 2 degrees. How many degrees did it drop? By January 6th temperature was -9 degrees Fahrenheit. How many more degrees did the temperature drop between January 3rd and January 6th?  Show how you solved each problem.

Carpentry Feb. 6, 2017

Problem of the Week (Feb. 6, 2017)
Carpentry

Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.

SHOW ALL YOUR WORK. PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.

Level 1:  Measurement: Ms. S has three stuffed animals. The chart shows how wide each one is. If I set them side, how wide will they be altogether?  Show your work. Draw a picture.
Name
Width
Hooty the owl
4 inches
Beanie the bear
2 inches
Odin the cat
5 inches

Level 2:  Animal furniture: The 2nd and 3rd graders are planning a small piece of furniture to build for a favorite stuffed animal. If someone wants to build a bed for a stuffed rabbit that is 9 inches tall and 6 inches wide, draw a plan for a bed that would fit the rabbit. Use the grid paper on the back to show the side view and the top view. Be sure to write in the dimensions of the bed (how long and how wide is the bed?).
Level 3: Fractions: Take 3 pieces of wood with the following lengths:
4½ cm, 9½ cm, and 8½ cm. What is the total length of the 3 pieces if you line them up. Show your work. Draw a picture.



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Winter riddles Jan. 23, 2017

Problem of the Week (Jan. 23, 2017)
Winter Riddles

Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.


SHOW ALL YOUR WORK. PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.


Level 1:  Follow along: For this problem, work out each step and then move to the next step. SHOW me your work as you go. Circle the final answer.  
  1. Start with the number of eyes you have.
  2. Add the number of days in a full week.
  3. Subtract the number of legs on a normal pig.
  4. Add the number of days in January.



Level 2:  I am thinking of a number: Use the clues to figure out the number I am thinking of.
  1. The number has 4 digits. None of the digits are the same.
  2. The first digit is an odd number.
  3. The 2nd digit is twice as big as the 1st digit, and half as big as the 4th digit.
  4. The 3rd digit is twice as big as the 4th digit.
  5. The 4th digit is an even number.


What is the number?   ______     _______     ______     ______


Level 3: Logic Dots: There are 5 colored dots in a row (left to right). Use the clues to figure out the location of the colored dots.
  1. You only have dots that are the primary colors (red, yellow, blue).
  2. There is at least one dot of each color and no dot with the same color is next to each other.
  3. The dot in the middle is not the same as the end dots.
  4. The dots on each end are the same color.
  5. The 2nd dot from the left is yellow.
  6. A blue dot is to the left of a yellow dot.
  7. A blue dot is to the right of a yellow dot.



Monday, January 23, 2017

More Money, Money, Money Jan. 17, 2017

Problem of the Week (Jan. 17, 2017)
More Money, Money, Money!


Directions: Write your work on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet.

SHOW ALL YOUR WORK. PLEASE BE NEAT AND ORGANIZED.

Level 1:  Buy in Bulk: One 50 pound bag of rice costs $20. How much will it cost to buy 200 pounds of rice? Show your work. Draw a picture.


Level 2:  Tutti Fruity: I want to buy a total of 10 pieces of fruit to make a fruit salad. I want my fruit salad to have lots of variety and I only have $10 to spend. Make a list of what you think I should buy and why you decided on those items. Don’t forget to tell me the total $ I will spend and the quantity of each kind of fruit.
Price List:  2 apples cost $1.00, 2 oranges cost $1.00, box of strawberries costs $3.00, box of blueberries costs $2.00, 1 watermelon costs $5.00, 1 cantaloupe melon costs $3, plums cost 25 cents each, pears cost $1.00 each, kiwis cost 25 cents each.

Level 3: Shopping Spree: George bought a clock for $35.70, a TV for $234.55, a computer for $675.99, and a book for $15.15. How much did George spend in total? Bonus:  If George only has $100 bills, how many does he need to pay for all the items? How much change will he get back?