1. From the end of Today's Math 3, the Investigations workbook for grade 3:
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
How can 6 people share 8 hot dogs? You may draw a picture to help you. Then explain your answer.
How can 6 people share 8 pencils? You may draw a picture to help you. Then explain your answer.
2. From the end of Primary Mathematics 3B, the Singapore Math workbook for grade 3:
Give your answer in its simplest form.
1/8 + 5/8
1 - 7/12
9/10 - 5/10
2/5 + 1/5 + 2/5
Write each amount of money as a fraction of a dollar.
Perhaps there's a pencil shortage in Singapore, where the schools don't give children opportunities to investigate, and reflect on, how breaking pencils into pieces isn't the best way to share them.
But perhaps the Singaporeans' superior quantitative skills training makes them better than we at manufacturing, distributing, selling, and buying new pencils.