We recently learned that the third grade team at Manhattan School for Children (Elizabeth Frankel-Rivera, Madelene Geswaldo, Alice Hsu and Marissa Denice) started a really cool Homework Page for their classes. In addition to reading for 20-30 minutes a night and writing two entries in their ELA homework section, third graders are also expected to think about and solve a set of math problems.
We are often asked about how we can “stretch” strings beyond their place as a short mental math activity in the classroom. How can they be used as part of a formative assessment of individual kids? What might come after a string that isn’t necessarily another string? What can kids do at home that builds on the thinking and reasoning that we are developing by doing strings?