Last week (or was it two?!), when asking questions about the Canada 150 poster, we also wondered what the information might look like as a brochure. We had already experimented with creating a brochure, so we thought this could be a good way to demonstrate improved skills. In particular, our goal was to be both persuasive and informative, by using strong verbs and adjectives while including facts from researching. As we get short on time, several students took the opportunity to show intiiative, and have brought their brochures home to fine tune. They are reminded to have them back at school by Thursday.
In connectrion with Canada 150, I came across a Math150 Challenge online. For the month of June, Canadian inspired math questions are posted. We decided to generate our own questions from the site’s provocation (The Big Nickel in Sudbury), and then identified the question as ‘quick to answer’ or ‘not so quick’ (usually deeper thinking). Students then investigated the question that interested them, and presented their strategies, challenges, and/or solutions to the group. I’m realizing now I didn’t take as many photos as I thought, but here are some of our wonders…
Quick: How old, tall, wide, heavy, and thick is it? What is its perimeter? What is the geometric name of its shape?
Not So Quick: How tall is it compared to other structures, objects, or people? How many real nickels would be needed to cover it? How many Big Nickels would be needed to line up from Sudbury to Ancaster?
Try asking your child what they investigated and discovered. Do you have a mathematical wonder about the Big Nickel to share with them?