May 2015 archive

MATHEMATICIANS TOOLBOX:

Last Wednesday David came into our room to teach us about the mathematician’s toolbox. This is what he taught us:

The mathematician’s toolbox is a group of resourceful strategies used for solving problems. There are 12 strategies. The strategies are:

Act it out

Find an exception to the rule

Work backwards

Make a model

Make a table or list

Break problem into manageable parts

Guess, check and improve

Look for and describe with a pattern or rule

Write a sum or a number sentence

Test all possibilities

Have I seen a similar problem?

Draw a diagram or graph

 

In the lesson we were focused on the strategy – draw a diagram or graph. Draw a diagram or graph helps when you’re stuck on a problem and need to put your ideas down on a piece of paper. Instead of scribbling your ideas down in a way no one –not even yourself-can understand diagrams and graphs help you put your ideas down in a way every-one understands.

 

For example:

Instead of:

Smith6jones5hunter11

Try:

Name: Smith Jones Hunter
People: 6 5 11

 

 

BOOK RECOMENDATIONS.

I like a lot of books and wanted to tell the world about them.

 

  TITLE:  AUTHOR:
 THE RUBY TASMILN.  BELINDA MURRELL.
 THE WORST THING ABOUT MY SISTER.  JAQULINE WILSON
 ONCE  MORRIS GLEZITMAN
 THE SEQUIN STAR  BELINDA MURRELL
 KISS  JAQULINE WILSON
 THE SPOOKS APPRENTICE.  JOSEPH DELANY

ALL OF THESE ARE CHAPTER BOOKS.