As many of you can relate, I have spent the better part of the last weeks getting ready for a new crew of fourth graders. From planning to box unpacking to board decorating to room arranging–I don’t even WANT to know the real world math involved in figuring out how much prep time has been spent preparing!
This year I have 24 students. This is typically a FANTASTIC number for desk arranging. I can do 2’s. 3’s. 4’s. 6’s…you get the drift. (Love that FACTOR talk, right?). This year, however, I have a bit of a conundrum. I have 24 students-but 11 are boys and 13 are girls. I tend to like to keep at least 2 of each gender at a table, so I started playing with different permutations of how I could make this happen.
I tried 3’s. I tried 4’s. I even started sketching on the white board to see what I could be missing.
|Desks in 3’s? Couldn’t make it work.|
|Desks in 5’s? 4’s? Couldn’t make it work.|
|One pair asked if they could label the desks “B” and “G” to help…|
|Getting ready to experiment!|
|Here was the “scenario”…|
|Here were the investigations! The students were told to pick one to try…and if they solved it, to try another.|
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