**Exercise Your Mind- Little Sizzle Week**

This Little Sizzle group challenged students to become the ultimate problem solvers. During this week, students persevered through the trickiest of teasers. Using various strategies, clues, and logic, they navigated through puzzles, games, scavenger hunts, escape rooms, and obstacle courses, working in both groups and individually to become successful.

## Strategy Behind Board Games

**Scavenger Hunt through Grand Central Terminal **

Field trip to Grand Central was fun! Watson's Adventures set up 24 riddles for us to solve only by searching for answers in the World Famous Train Station. We divided into three groups. Team to solve the most puzzles...wins!!! We learned a lot about the terminal as well!

**The Escape Classroom**

Students raced through a series of puzzles and clues about area and perimeter in order to retrieve the key to the classroom. Puzzles gave clues to four digit codes that open sealed envelopes with the next clue, chests, and the final safe with the key and prize. This was the favorite activity that students decided to make their own Escape Classroom for the Farming and Agriculture Group to try.

**Obstacle Course**

Good Friends of The Renaissance, Lisa and Badri, set up a team building obstacle course that challenged all participates. Working together as a team students moved through each stations. Persistence paid off as they accomplished all tasks.

**Paper Folding**

Third graders start their unit on Fractions with Paper Folding. They traced squares, rectangles, and circles. Cut them out. Then folded the shapes in halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, and eighths. We discussed patterns and challenges. Later, we took a look at ways we can represent one half.

**Grouping Problems**

Fourth graders analyzed the various types of grouping problems (rate, arrays, combinations, and multiplicative comparisons). First they solved various problems. Next, they wrote and solved their own multiplication and division problems. Finally, they created books. The books are located in the classroom. During math workshop, students can grab a classmate's book and solve the problems.

**The Put in Order Problem**

Fifth graders used their knowledge of comparing fractions and equivalent fractions to place fraction cards in order from least to greatest.

**Everyday Arrays**

Third Graders walked around TRCS in search of Math Arrays . They took photos of these everyday arrays, identified how many rows and columns are in their, wrote a number equation for the array, and created a multiplication story problem that corresponded with their array.

**Unit Conversion Posters**

In order for us to be able to solve unit conversion problems, the fifth grade built connections by researching both the Metric and Customary Systems of Measurement. Groups were all assigned a unit to research. Posters included example of items measured in that unit, conversions, as well as a conversion word problem. Posters brightened our classroom and became a wonderful resource for the students to use while solving tricky problems.

**Multiplication on The Number Line**

**The Big Dinner**

Fourth graders figured out how much a 24 pound turkey cost when one pound costs $1.25

**Stamps**

Third graders calculated the cost of stamps! Some strategies included repeated addition, skip counting, and doubling and halving.

**Figure Me Out**

Our September Math Project is "Figure Me Out Posters." Students in grades 3-5 thought long and hard about what made themselves unique. They turned this uniqueness into a math equation for peers solve. The solved the math problems and learned something new about their peers.

**THE CYCLING PROBLEM**

**How Many Dots? **

Quickly flashing the image below, I asked my students how many dots? They didn't have enough time to count them individually, so they had to rely on what they saw to figure out, "How many dots?"

**This is what they came up with...**

**We learned that there are many ways to solve a problem.**