Sunday, February 6, 2011

4th Grade MCAS Math--Perkins Style!

Thanks to Ms. Muenkel and her 5th graders for all their excellent work on their first MCAS Math week. This week we're turning to Ms. Harden's 4th grade class.

Just as a reminder:
Sometimes kids feel as if they learn math in school and then they will never use it again. That’s just not true. People on the construction site of Old Colony need all their math skills. They use math all day, every day.

That’s why students everywhere have to study math. We’re going to do it, Perkins Style. We’ll show you a math question from a previous year’s MCAS test for fourth graders. Then we’ll give you another question using real data from the construction site.

Our students can study for their MCAS by solving both problems. Fourth graders, print these out and give them a try! We’ll show a few worksheets on the blog later on this week.

Question 4.1 This is a question from an MCAS test.

Here is our Perkins' version:

This is a map of what Phase One of Old Colony's renovation will look like after it is finished.

Which two streets are perpendicular to each other?

A) Old Colony Ave and E. 8th Street
B) Dorchester Street and E. 8th Street
C) Dorchester Street and Columbia Road
D) Knowlton Street and E. 8th Street

Question 4.2: This is a question from an MCAS test.

Here is our Perkin's version!

This is the floor plan of an apartment being built in Phase One of the Old Colony construction project. It shows how the rooms will be laid out and their dimensions. It even suggests what it will look like with furniture inside!

Bedroom #2, outlined in red, is a square. It is 11 feet long and 11 feet wide. What is the perimeter of the room?

A) 121 feet
B) 44 square feet
C) 44 feet
D) 121 square feet