Friday, October 28, 2011


You betcha! We know what's important.
In part, we're helping students get ready for the statewide MCAS tests. But, there's another important reason--

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

That’s why students everywhere have to study math. We, however, are going to do it, Perkins Style. Each Monday we'll give third, fourth, and fifth graders one math problem from a previous MCAS test. Then we’ll give them another similar question using real data from the construction site. Our kids are learning to be elementary school students and engineers and architects at the same time!

Here are this week's problems. Good luck, kids!

This is the third grade's actual MCAS problem:

Here is their question from the construction site:

Here is an actual fourth grade question from the MCAS test:

Here's a similar question from the construction site:

Here is the fifth grade's actual MCAS test question:

And, their construction site problem: