Friday, January 27, 2012


Since the beginning of the school year, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been solving past MCAS questions as well as ones about the construction site across the street. This year's actual testing period is coming right up. So the kids are moving on to new territory.

The MCAS exams don't just have problems that are multiple choice or short answer. Educators in Massachusetts also want to know whether students can do problems that have more than one step. They also want to see how well students can show their thinking.

These kind of problems are called OPEN RESPONSES. This week our students will be working on REAL MCAS OPEN RESPONSE problems.

Here's this week's third grade's challenge:

Now the fourth grade's problem:

Lastly the fifth grade's turn:

Good luck, kids. This is a new challenge. It may be a tough one. In fact, maybe we’ll even get some fantastic responses from the grown ups in our school community!"