If you’re looking for a good value in a lunchtime meal, just ask Audrey Barrett’s Rifle Middle School seventh-grade math students.As part of their math unit on unit pricing, students were given a word problem of sorts that explained a sandwich, the cost of the sandwich, and a marketing pitch for the sandwich. Barrett’s students then broke into groups and set out to create a better sandwich for their lunchtime feasts.The students had to think like restaurant owners, calculating the unit costs of the fine meats and cheeses that would become the staples of their new product. Based upon their product costs, they set a price for their sandwich, and then marketed it to their class.”The goals of this lesson were to engage students in thinking about comparing prices and to give you a sense of what they had learned about unit prices,” said Barrett.Mouthwatering models and drawings of the creations were presented, along with a cost analysis, and a slick marketing pitch directed toward getting students to buy their sandwich.In all, the project included math skills, and also art, descriptive writing and public speaking. This is one of many examples of teachers in Garfield Re-2 designing engaging work for students that integrate more than one skill. The lesson utilizes Colorado math standards while emphasizing learning styles, learning modalities, and multiple intelligence areas.A scoring guide completed by their peers and by Barrett worked as a monitor during the application, completion and presentation of the skills.Rifle Middle School student Quincy Snyder said that the project hit close to home for her.”I like to cook, and if you start a restaurant, you have to understand pricing,” she explained. “It helps you understand how to find the best bargain and to compare amounts.”The calculating was the hardest part for Quincy and her group, but it was the group work that struck her as very useful.”We had to learn to work as a team,” she explained. “We found out how people can work together and create a great team, even if they aren’t the strongest math person.”Barrett loves to see her students get totally involved in a project and demonstrate their knowledge without worksheets and pop quizzes.”I am thrilled to have an opportunity for students to show mastery of standard skills in an avenue other than the typical quiz style of checking. I find students’ true abilities shine when given the proper opportunity,” she said.•••••Students in the first-grade classes at Roy Moore Elementary were able to show off for their grandparents for Grandparent’s Day on Sept. 10.”We wanted to invite extended families into our classroom and give them some positives about our school, community and district. We want them to know that they are welcome anytime,” said Roy Moore first-grade teacher Sheila Allen.”Meeting each child’s extended family and connecting with families is so important for a child’s success in school. A school’s success is directly tied to family support,” she added.Jeanie Montgomery, first-grader Lucas Montgomery’s grandmother, was thrilled for the opportunity to be in her grandson’s classroom. She and Lucas read books and had a competitive game of Mancala, a math game played with stones.”It’s wonderful to have the interaction with the kids,” she explained. “I think this is a great idea. School is so different than when we were in school or when our children were in school. This is a wonderful program.”••••• Important dates to remember:Sept. 21Picture Day, WESSept. 22Picture Day, WES, Kinders/Pre-School onlySept. 28Vision & Hearing Screening, WESKSE Picture DaysSept. 29Vision & Hearing Screening, WESKSE Picture DaysRME Picture Day Preschool, K-1Sept. 30RME Picture Day, K-5Theresa Hamilton is the public information officer for Garfield School District Re-2. She can be reached at 625-7621.Theresa Hamilton is the public information officer for Garfield School District Re-2. She can be reached at 625-7621.
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