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Mental Math Fun: Logic & Reasoning Puzzles

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

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Students will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles each week that will develop their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun in class! Hands-on activities may use cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, and of course, lots of numbers. Every activity is in essense a math problem, and students will learn tips and techniques for tackling the challenges. Race to sum numbers in the game "Thirty One"; take turns moving squares on a grid in "Cartesian Chase"; and use lines to separate colors in the game "Patchwork." How many squares- of all sizes- are there on chess board? For each puzzle, students will learn to ask, "what is the winning strategy?" or "what is the fewest number of moves?"

For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as: the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and how to become your own questioner. Through these weekly activities, students will learn that math isn t just something done at a desk with pencil and paper, but is present everywhere you look, and that the ability to think mathematically can not only be useful, but also fun!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $132.00

Real Life Math: Exploring Exponents

Quarter 3: Starts on January 9, 2019

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: David Chelf

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

How have video game console speeds changed over time? How much do you really pay when you use a credit card? How long does it take a disease to infect the entire population? How much can you trust your memory? Exponents are used in a variety of ways in everyday and scientific applications. Whether describing computer memory, measuring long distances, or recording the strength of earthquakes, exponents are necessary to understand and quantify phenomena that occur in the real world. In this class, students will learn to represent numbers as exponents, as well as add, subtract, multiply, and divide exponents and move between different representations using real life examples to demonstrate and answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?"
In Real Life Math, each skillset is reviewed independently, with tips and tricks given and sample word problems worked. In addition to improving specific math skills, students will become more comfortable moving between word problems and abstract mathematical representation by working with tangible examples. The class serves as a solid complement to middle school math. Topics in this year's class series include: Investigating Integers (2nd quarter), Exploring Exponents and Orders of Magnitude (3rd quarter), and Rates/Ratios (4th quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $132.00

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