This week’s Carnival of Education, hosted by History is Elementary, features a post by an engineer turned third-grade teacher and Learn Me Good blogger. He asked his third graders to write their own word problems using addition and subtraction.
“T had 5 sisters. 2 of them went to college. How many sisters does he have now?”
— well, still 5 I think. Unless of course, they went to Carolina, in which case it would stand to reason that they are dead to him.
. . . “Mister Teacher has 99 markers. He received 900 more markers. Mister Teacher has a nice haircut. How many markers does Mister Teacher have in all?”
— interesting choice of random extra information…
And finally, a question from one of my little girls who just doesn’t understand the concept…
“D had $22 in his account. He spent $32 for his lunch. How many more money does he have left?”
Well, D probably put lunch on his credit card, so he’d have $22 left.