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  • Fawn Jelinek

    July 27, 2021 at 5:03 am

    I started small by simply plugging in a task that related to a Big Idea and the textbook content (and reduced the related textbook work). I started with the Krispy Kreme donut problem. Of course, it actually took 3 days to complete the problem (we explored factors and products within arrays along with the concept of flexible numbers in more depth). I should mention that at the beginning of that year (year before Covid), fully half of our 4th graders were below the 20th percentile in Math. So I thought this would be a good review of multiplication and a way to begin pairing multiplication and division. ANYWAY, they worked collaboratively and were quite engaged, so I found it worthwhile and will use it again this year. With Covid, I expect this year’s group will need some conceptual review and practice. We closed out the project with donut holes, too. Good luck and have fun with it.