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  • George Kelly School
  • Tracy, CA
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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The students and I are excited we will be attending our Extended School Year (summer school) in person. The project will be a four-week in-depth look at the problem-solving innovations of Ancient China around the world and across time to the present day. "How do problems get solved" will be the essential question driving our learning. Students will learn and use the abacus to understand and reinforce the concept of place value. We will write and solve real-world math problems with the abacus as an engaging tool with tangible evidence that the calculations are correct. This deep understanding can be built with experience rather than just trusting their phone to calculate for them. Students will use the tangrams to explore shapes and areas of 2-dimensional shapes. We will practice the manipulation of shapes to compose and decompose larger shapes by seeing the parts. This also creates a concrete experience for understanding real-world problems they will face. The tangrams also tie in literature and storytelling and story writing with the animal shapes we can make to help stay focused on character in fiction stories. Students will create a character of their choice and write their own fiction story. The metal puzzles will be our experience and practice in perseverance to solve a problem. Students will leave the four-week experience having learned about how you can farm on a hill if you terrace it. You can know where you are by using a compass. One can tell stories and record information if you have paper. They will have knowledge about the contributions made by Ancient China even in the face of adversity by learning, experiencing, and understanding, problems can be solved if you think and work. Ancient China will inspire our problem-solving skills.

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The students and I are excited we will be attending our Extended School Year (summer school) in person. The project will be a four-week in-depth look at the problem-solving innovations of Ancient China around the world and across time to the present day. "How do problems get solved" will be the essential question driving our learning. Students will learn and use the abacus to understand and reinforce the concept of place value. We will write and solve real-world math problems with the abacus as an engaging tool with tangible evidence that the calculations are correct. This deep understanding can be built with experience rather than just trusting their phone to calculate for them. Students will use the tangrams to explore shapes and areas of 2-dimensional shapes. We will practice the manipulation of shapes to compose and decompose larger shapes by seeing the parts. This also creates a concrete experience for understanding real-world problems they will face. The tangrams also tie in literature and storytelling and story writing with the animal shapes we can make to help stay focused on character in fiction stories. Students will create a character of their choice and write their own fiction story. The metal puzzles will be our experience and practice in perseverance to solve a problem. Students will leave the four-week experience having learned about how you can farm on a hill if you terrace it. You can know where you are by using a compass. One can tell stories and record information if you have paper. They will have knowledge about the contributions made by Ancient China even in the face of adversity by learning, experiencing, and understanding, problems can be solved if you think and work. Ancient China will inspire our problem-solving skills.

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