Friday, May 4, 2012

Math problems of the week: 3rd grade 1920s math vs. Trailblazers

I. The last page of the 3rd grade section of Hamilton's Essentials of Arithmetic, First Book, p. 124 (published in 1923) [click to enlarge]:

II. The last page of the 3rd grade Math Trailblazers Student Guide, p. 327 (published in 1997) [click to enlarge]:

III. Extra Credit: Which problem set involves a higher ratio of conceptual reasoning to busy work?

1 comment:

Cynthia812 said...

One problem I have with these kinds of problem sets (the Trailblazers one),is that they are the problem that wouldn't end. In the older set, you get a feeling of accomplishment as you finish each problem and move on to the next. The Trailblazers ties everything to the same boring data set, and has you run operations that no sane person would ever bother doing.