Don’t give 5th graders dried beans

unless you are sure they know how to handle manipulatives. Of course, it being an early release day didn’t help. They walked in excited and I gave them beans.

There was purpose. We are working on metric estimation. If two beans are about a milliliter, then we should be able to make some approximations. Should being the operative word.

Tomorrow, I’m giving them tape measures. No beans.


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