Thursday, September 4, 2008

Math problems of the week: grade 2 Everyday Math vs. French math

A. The final multiplication word problems in the Everyday Math grade 2 Student Math Journal:


1. 3 vans full of people. How many people in all?

[picture of a van] vans people per van people in all
Holds 10 people ________ ___________ __________

Answer: ___ people
Number model: ___ X ___ = ____

2. 4 insects on the flower. How many legs in all?

[picture of a ladybug] insects legs per insect legs in all
Has 6 legs ________ __________ _________

Answer: ___ legs
Number model: ___ X ___ = ____

3. 9 windows, How many panes in all?

[picture of a window] windows panes per window panes in all
Has 4 panes ________ ___________ _________

Answer: ___ panes
Number model: ___ X ___ = ____

B. The sample grade 2 (CE 1) multiplication word problems from Professeur Phifix, a web resource for French curriculum materials (translated from the French):

For each problem, write down the calculation and a sentence as your answer.

Mr. Doudou wants to buy three armchairs for his vacation home. He decides not to spend more than 300 Euros. He goes to a store and finds armchairs at 35 euros each. He goes to another store and sees some for 28 euros, but these ones he doesn't like as much.

Can he buy the chairs from the first store, or must he buy those from the second store?

A person wants to take a 7 day trip to Greece. He goes to a travel agency which proposes to him a trip at 68 euros a day. The plane trip lasts 3 hours.

What is the total cost of this trip?

A school puts on a show to raise money for a computer. Tickets cost 6 euros. 234 people attend the show.

How much money was raised?

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Single digit by single digit multiplication and making students fill out forms

versus

single digit by multi-digit multiplication and letting students work things out on their own.

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