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Math Christmas
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Math Christmas
Math Christmas

December (2017) Third grade students at SMES have been exceptionally busy during December as they learn about area, perimeter, arrays, measurement, and geometric shapes in the context of making a Math Winter Wonderland. Classes have created individual mathematical designed gingerbread houses with all of the trimmings. Students determine the area and perimeter of each geometric shape (i.e. house, roof, etc.) used to construct the houses while using standard units of measurement.  Windows on the homes are constructed of arrays and extra fixtures such as gingerbread men and women are composed of geometric shapes.

You would think this would be sufficient, however the teachers have challenged their students to make this a learning project for others as well. How? QR codes are located with every student created Gingerbread Man. Students can work to find all the shapes on the gingerbread man and then scan the QR code to have the 3rd grader share their answer with them and identify the hidden shapes!  


Gingerbread Houses also incorporate a "Did You Know" and "I SPY" feature. Hanging from the ceiling is "snow" AKA multiplication models (younger grades could easily focus on addition).
"Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and and I learn." Benjamin Franklin
"The best way to learn is to teach."  Our SMES third grade students are learning AND helping others to learn through their interactive components.


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