Third Grade Students Tackle a Lemon of a Problem at GEMS

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff

Action Step: Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff

Indicator of Success: Students are engaged in an authentic learning experience and work together to solve a problem.

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Students in Ms. Sikorsky’s 3rd Grade at GEMS think of some great questions during their morning discussions!  During a recent Morning Meeting, the class asked:

“How many lemons does a lemon tree produce in a year?” 

“How many lemons would it take to go the length of GEMS?” 

“Can we figure it out?”

Interesting question,  when fall is settling in and Vermont is ready to  be blanketed by snow!  These students rose to the challenge, eager to investigate and determined to find answers.

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And so, how do you go about measuring a school with lemons??   This is how… from a 3rd grader’s perspective:

  1. We measured 11 lemons and the average length was 3½ inches .
  2. We made a plan for measuring the school.
  3. Then, we measured the school in parts.  We used a tape measure to get the total number of feet and inches.
  4.  Then we added all the feet together and all the inches together. We found out the total to be 613 feet and 21 inches (614 feet and 9 inches).
  5. We turned the feet into inches using addition and multiplication.

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  1. We decomposed 7,377 inches into 7,000 + 300 + 70 + 7 so it would be easier to work with.
  2. We found out how many 3½ were inside each number.
  3. We found that there were two 3½’s in 7, twenty 3½’s in 70, about ninety 3½’s in 300, and two thousand 3½’s in 7,000.
  4. Then we had to add 2, 20, 90, and 2,000 together to get the total number of lemons. We could use mental math to do that problem!

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So, it took 2,112 lemons to measure the length of GEMS.

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Now, that’s alot of lemons! 

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