In grade one, learning how to add and subtract is big. BIG! The kids like adding and subtracting, but not often are they asked WHY they have to learn this. I asked my 19 Grade Ones WHY adding and subtracting is important. Here is what they came up with. Adding and subtracting is important because:
-I have to know the score of the hockey game
-so I know how tall I am
-to play games
-so I put in the right amount of gas
-so I can tell time (x2)
-so I can count money (x6)
-so I can play "Making Sandwiches" on X-box
-so I can be a teacher (x2)
-you have to get enough chemical (farmer's son, referring to spraying weeds!)
-I need to know how to do it when I am in a higher grade
-if I did not know math I would not know numbers
-to be smart, math is fun!
Wow! The amount of good ideas these little guys come up with always blows me away. These ideas were so good I just had to share them, and we are going to put them in our portfolios as well. Great job Grade Ones!