1/25/18 Welcome to Number Ninjas! This week we played a couple games reviewing money. We played a whole group game called "I have, Who has" and then the students played a game called "Give me the Loot". This game is similar to the card game War. The students played with a partner. They each flipped over a card. Whoever had the higher card, won the "loot".
2/6/18 The students have been engaging in a variety of money activities. Coin Count is one of those activities. Students draw a card and complete the challenge. An example card: Make 79 cents using 10 coins.
Another activity is "Trade for a Buck". The students draw a coin. They keep going until they have enough to trade up for another coin. For an example: If they had two dimes and a nickel they would trade up for a quarter. The students eventually have enough money to trade up for a dollar.
Another activity is "Trade for a Buck". The students draw a coin. They keep going until they have enough to trade up for another coin. For an example: If they had two dimes and a nickel they would trade up for a quarter. The students eventually have enough money to trade up for a dollar.
2/15/18 Our next activity was Mitzi's Candy shop (2nd grade) and Mimi's Diner (3rd grade). The students were demonstrating their understanding of money by applying what they learned in a real life application. Each activity provided the students with a menu. The students had to use the menu to solve various money problems. Some problems required the students to show their learning in a variety of ways. After our practice, we had a little fun pretending that we were a restaurant. The students took turns being the waiter/waitress and the customer. When the bill came, the students had to "make change". We are learning how we count up from the total to make the correct change.
3/8/18 The students have been working on some challenging problems that involve money and fractions. There are 4 levels of problems. Each level is a bit more difficult than the one before. The final level is the Einstein level. I am impressed with how the students have embraced the challenge!
Example: Level 1 Which is a better deal, 4 pet alligators for $20 or 5 for $24? Level 2 If a pound and a half of raisins cost $1.50, how much does a pound of raisins cost? Level 3 If 3 ounces of peanuts cost 60 cents, what would a pound of peanuts cost? Einstein Derek's family is going on vacation. The family car can go 20 miles with one gallon of gas. If gas cost $1.50 for each gallon, how much will gas cost for a 1000 mile trip? 
3/23/18 This week we are finishing up our work with money and will be working with fractions next week. The students worked on some logic puzzles involving money. They liked it so much they were asking for more!
4/5/18 We have started our work with fractions. The students are completing various activities with fractions. They are playing a memory game to match the number fraction (1/4) with a picture that represents the fraction. We learned about equivalent fractions. The 3rd graders also worked on multiplying and dividing fractions in story problems.

4/19/18 We have been doing a lot of work with fractions. We have completed several activities involving adding fractions with like and unlike denominators. The students encountered problems that required them to balance out a scale by using fractions.
5/2/18 We have just finished our work on changing fractions in recipes. The students encountered several problems that required them to double or triple a recipe. They even came across some that split a recipe in half.
Example: If 40 cookies need 2 1/2 cups of flour, how much flour would you need to make 20 cookies? We will finish up by working on some logic problems. The students can't get enough of the logic problems! 
5/15/18 We are finishing up Number Ninjas by working on a project called Creepy Crawly Village. The students need to have at least 15 different Creepy Crawlies in their village. They need to have 1000 legs, exactly. The students are working on determining what Creepy Crawlies they will put in their village to reach 1000 legs.