Mentor Text Linky - Anything is Possible and a Freebie
Elementary AMC September 08, 2013
Happy Sunday everyone! I think tonight is going to be the hardest night in months - having to get ready, make lunches and get ready for school on a Monday morning. Until then I am going to link up and enjoy the wonderful linky hosted by Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties.
Here is the description from Amazon:
The sheep in this story is a dreamer, while her friend the wolf has a more practical disposition. One day the sheep runs to the wolf with an idea. She wants to build a flying machine! But the wolf tells her it's impossible. Eventually, however, the sheep's dream gets the better of the wolf's doubts, and they begin to work on the project together. Through perseverance and the process of trial and error, the sheep and wolf manage to create a winning design, brought to life by architecturally and mathematically inspired paper collage art. At the end of this whimsical tale, even the wolf has to admit that anything is possible!
I love this book. It is great for introducing math problem solving or inquiry based lessons. The idea of making a plan (choosing a strategy or math tool), the idea that sometimes your first idea does not work but you do not give up, you look at your plan, make some changes and try again. Here is a little sample of the book!
I just think this book is a great little intro to problem solving and talking about the steps and the need to try, try again.
I want to leave you with a little freebie math game I played this week - Superhero Addition Bump. You just need the sheet, 2 colors of counters and 2 dice. Roll the dice and place your counter on that number. If your opponent already has 1 counter on the number - Bump it off. If you get two counters on the same number you lock it up and can't be Bumped off. First person to place all 10 of their counters wins (except everyone wins since they are practising adding!). Click here for a copy (addition and multiplication versions).