Q: What is Backwards Math?
A: Backwards math is something new we have been working on in Room 11! Last week, I introduced this concept to the students and they did awesome! If you have seen Jeopardy!, backwards math is really similar. They are given the answer, so their job is to create a problem that will end up with the answer. This really works on higher order thinking skills.
The first answer I gave them was: 1 Apple
Many students drew two people, and made a trade between two items so that they would end up with the 1 apple. Others shared or gave away an apple, so they would have 1. I had either the pair or individual person come and share their story. At least one student prefaced her picture with, “It was a rainy morning and…”. I loved to see the detail and hear their creativity!
Apple Science! (So far).
For science this week, we have been doing apple science. On Monday, we did a sink or float experiment outside with apples. Many students thought the apples would sink! They recorded their observations and we discussed predictions, materials, and the procedure before heading outside.
On Tuesday, most groups did some apple stacking. We recorded what our apples looked like and tried different ways to stack them.
As the week continues, we will be doing more apple experiments! 🙂