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Piles & Holes
James Tanton Collection- 4 Challenges
You’re at the beach! You are building piles of sand & digging holes.
What happens when you combine sand piles with other sand piles? Piles with holes? Holes with holes? In this set of four Challenges, we’ll find out. Bring 1 or all 4 in your class. (This Challenge is perfect for introducing the number system to your students & remediating those who need extra support.)
Grade 6 | The Number System | Time: 30-50 mins/ challenge | 4 Challenges
Common Core State Standards: 6.NS.C.5, 6.NS.C.6
In Digging, you’ll use piles & holes of sand to identify with the idea that positive and negative numbers, and zero, can be added.
In Raining Opposites, we build on a strong conceptual understanding of what opposites are.
Collecting & Sorting
In Collecting & Sorting, we learn how to use parentheses to communicate clearly when working with collections of piles & holes.
In Evaluating, we practice addition & subtraction of parentheses, collections of piles & holes in different ways!
Piles & Holes with James Tanton:
We're proud to partner with James Tanton in bringing to life a series of four wonderfully delightful learning Challenges based on the Piles & Holes puzzles, a sequel to the famous Exploding Dots. The Piles & Holes Challenges are aligned to middle school standards.
Apply math concepts in real-world scenarios. Build critical thinking and reasoning skills.
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