Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays Dec. 12, 2016



Problem of the Week (Dec. 12, 2016)
Holidays

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

Level 1: Stars: Stars are an important symbol in many cultures, religions, and holidays. Use a ruler so you get nice straight sides. Draw a star that has 5 points, a star that has 6 points, and a star that has 8 points. Color and decorate them.

Level 2: Lights: A string of lights is 8 feet long and it has 100 lights on it. If you need to decorate a space 24 feet long, how many strings of lights will you need? How many total lights will be shining once you plug in the strings of light?
Level 3: Presents: Pretend you plan to give your friend a present in a box that is a 10 inch cube. Calculate how much wrapping paper you will need (for simplicity you can assume the paper does not need to overlap itself). Don’t forget to tell me the units of measurement.  Hint: You will be calculating the surface area of the box.  Bonus: How much more paper will you need if the wrapping paper overlaps 1 inch at each seam?




Robots Nov. 29, 2016


Problem of the Week (Nov. 29, 2016)
Robots

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

Level 1 Legos:  On December 4th, some Middle School students will be competing in a Lego Robotics competition. Their robots are built using basic Lego bricks. A 2x4 Lego brick has the dimensions listed below (you can choose whether you use inches or centimeters):

Inches
Centimeters
Length
1  1/4
32
Width
5/8
16

If you want to build a rectangular platform that is 5 bricks long and 5 bricks wide, what will be the overall dimensions (length and width of the platform? Bonus:  Build an example platform, take a picture, and print the picture and staple it on here.

Level 2 Directions: Robots need instructions in the correct order to be able to move around. Below is a maze for a robot to go through. Can you write the instructions the robot needs to go through the maze starting at the green square (at top) and ending at the red square (at bottom)? Remember left and right are based on the direction the robot is facing, and it can only move forward (not sideways). You can only use the following 3 commands:
Forward 1 square, Turn right 90 degrees, Turn left 90 degrees
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Level 3  Binary Communication:  You normally count in base 10: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. When you go up one from 9, you need to start a new place value: 10 and you start the ones place value counting up again: 11, 12, 13, etc.. You do it everyday and don’t even think about it. However, computers don’t use base 10, they use base 2. So here is what that looks like: 0, 1, 10, 11, 100, 101, 110, 111. Do you see the pattern? Use the chart below to fill in the next base 2 numbers.


Base 10 number
Base 2 equivalent
1
1
2
10
3
11
4
100
5
101
6
110
7
111
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Thanksgiving Nov. 14, 2016


Problem of the Week (Nov. 14, 2016)
Thanksgiving

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

Level 1 Turkey fun facts: Wild turkeys have become a common site around the Twin Cities. Have you ever seen one in your yard or neighborhood? I have seen them looking at their own reflection in my glass on my backdoor and roosting in the oak trees in my backyard. Wild turkeys can fly 55 miles per hour. If a turkey flies for 12 minutes, how many miles will it fly?





Level 2 Dates: In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November. This year it falls on November 24th. There are 365 days in a year. Figure out what date Thanksgiving will be in 2017. Tell me how you figured it out.  Challenge: What date will Thanksgiving be during 2019?







Level 3  Birds of a Feather: Turkeys have 5000-6000 feathers. In a flock of 7 turkeys, how many feathers are there? Your answer should be a range. Challenge: How many feathers would be in a flock that with 150 turkeys?



Monday, November 7, 2016

Fours Nov. 7, 2016


Problem of the Week (Nov. 7, 2016)
FOURS
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

Level 1 Sets of Four: Make a list of things that come in a set or group of 4. (Example: a football game has 4 quarters). Can you make your list include 4 or more examples?

Level 2 The Fourth Little Pig: The 3 Little Pigs in the famous story had a lesser known sister. She was a master house builder so the wolf didn’t even try to blow down her house. See if you can help her make a list of building supplies she needs:
  1. Each wall of her square house is 12 feet long. If she needs to put one wall support every 2 feet, how many wall supports does she need to buy?
  2. The outside walls are built with bricks. Each brick is 6 inches high. If she wants to make the walls 8 feet high, how many layers of bricks does she need?
  3. To go around the house with one layer of bricks, she needs 48 bricks. Using your answer in #2 above, how many total bricks will you need.

Level 3  4 Fours Problem:
Can you figure out how to use fours to make equations that equal the number in the chart below? One example has been done for you.
Rules:
  1. You must use exactly 4 fours to make the solution.
  2. You can use any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, square roots, decimals, and parentheses. Remember to use the correct order of operations (see Ms. Simonson if you want help with the order of operations)
  3. You can combine the fours to make numbers like 44.

Goal Number
Solution
0

1

2

3

4

5

6
Example: ((4 + 4)/4) + 4      
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween Oct. 31, 2016

Problem of the Week (Oct. 31, 2016)
Happy Halloween

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.

REMEMBER to show your work on all problems.
Breck Scares Hunger is here again! Hopefully you are busy collecting food to help people who need and appreciate your hard work.

Level 1 Pumpkin: Decorate the pumpkin on the back of this page using the following shapes. Cut the shapes out of colored paper and glue on.
Eyes:  Draw circles
Nose:  Draw a triangle
Mouth:  Draw a rectangle
Teeth: Draw 1 tooth in the mouth for each year old you are.


Level 2 Costume parade:
During the costume parade at Breck, I counted 25 super heroes, 30 animals, 20 princesses, 6 Olympic athletes, 10 Harry Potter characters, and 5 football players. Add up the numbers of costumes I saw. Challenge:  If there are 31 preschoolers, 41 Kindergarteners, 65 1st graders, 63 2nd graders, 54 3rd graders, and 67 4th graders, how many students are in the Breck Lower School?


Level 3 Candy Graph:
If you went trick-or-treating, choose 3 kinds of candy you received. Make a pile of each type and count them. Now make a bar graph that shows how many of each you have. Make sure you label your graph with candy names and the number of each. If you did not go trick-or-treating, make a bar graph of some toys you have.






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Monday, October 24, 2016

Breck Scares Hunger Oct. 24, 2016



NAME: TEACHER:


Problem of the Week (Oct. 24, 2016)
Breck Scares Hunger

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.


REMEMBER to show your work on all problems.
Breck Scares Hunger is here again! Hopefully you are busy collecting food to help people who need and appreciate your hard work.


Level 1 Cans and boxes:
If your next door neighbor gives you 3 boxes of cereal and 4 cans of tuna fish, and you give 1 box of rice and 5 cans of beans, how many items of food have you collected all together? Bonus challenge: If each box collected weighs 10 ounces and each can collected weighs 14 ounces, how many ounces of food did you collect in the problem above?


Level 2 How much is a ton?:
We are trying to collect more than 7 tons of food. Seven doesn’t sound like very much, but how heavy is a ton? One ton is equal to 2,000 pounds!! So if we collect 7 tons, how many pounds is that? What if we collect 10 tons, how many pounds would that be?
Bonus challenge: Write down your weight in pounds ___________. Now figure out how many clones of you it would take to make a ton! It will take ____________ to make a ton.


Level 3 Weigh the food:
Look at this set of weights:
Tell me how many of each size weight it will take to balance the scale shown below: