## Sunday, September 2, 2012

### Write a letter to an elementary student.

For Chapter 1 Concept 6 (word problems with the basic operations), the WSQ summary question asked my Algebra 1 students (9th-10th graders) to write a letter to an elementary student about why math is important and why we need math to succeed in real life.  I got some interesting responses... some great and thoughtful, others not so much.  But, I thought I would share them here.   If anything, it gives me a little insight into my students' brains and feelings towards math.

I've tried to correct most of the spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc, but not everything!

• dear little kid, you might want to keep on learning your math facts because you are going to hear this a lot but you need math your whole life! you use math for everything, paying, getting money, and how many miles your car gets to the gallon
•  the basic about  math is important because you need math every were u go no matter what.You use math in different ways and almost for anything.Math is so important because you need to add and subtract multiply and divide you get a good job also when you use money you need to learn how to count money.
• The reason that math is important in life is that, you use math everyday in life. Math will help you become a better and a smarter person. Math will help you throughout school and give you an advantage in college.
• Hi kids ima tell you why math is so important in life and a little basic math facts. 1 is math is used in everyday life for example  if you go to the store and you wanna purchase something and its on sale you gotta know how much your really paying. 2 about the basics of math, math is very simple addition,subtraction,division and multiplication. If you can master all those that's a guarantee you'll understand math and why its important in life.
• Math is really important in life math is everything. You need it to count money add subtract bills, even in the things you least expect it'll have math the angles the width the height everything is math even you are.Height body weight everything.
• "Dear Elementary student, Math is really important because you well not know how to count money. When you go to a store or market and there's % off they well not know how much it well cost. Math is important because you need to know  how to count and other things. They can rip you off and you wont even know it."
• Math is important in real life because first off without it you cannot graduate, and secondly because it is in 90% of jobs out there.
• Hey elementary students "MATH" is very important because in life we will always be using numbers no mater what so never give up on math and always pay attention in class!!!!
• it important because everything you learn when you get older has basic math. it has dividing, multiplying etc. the problems are just more complex. and if you learn the basic things you can learn how to do the harder thing little by little.
• "Dear Student, Math is really important. Without math you will be nowhere in life. That why to school is making you take math. You use math in everything. If you want to became a doctor you need math. Math is used everyday you just don't know it. You need math.you must know addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. If you want to be something gig in life you need to learn math and master it that's why math is important in real life.
• dear kids,  Today you will learn 2+2=4 . You may not care now but in life you will need  it for in the future. Like gas,bills,money,food,and other things so learn math for life,
• No matter where you go, math follows you. You need math for money, buying things, taxes, crazy adult things like that. Basically math will be with you all the time.
• "math is very important in life because you use it ALL the time, i mean ALL the time, when you shop, when you go buy food, you have to count your money? and if you don't know your math so well, sometimes you can get some money stolen from you !
• Dear Elementary Student,  You might think right now that learning your math facts is a waste of time and you might not even need it. But, that is NOT true! It actually can make your life easier. It surrounds you thought out your life! For example let's say you want an ice cream and so does your friend, well in order to find out what your total is going to be, so you can have an idea. You have to add the two total cost and boom! There's the math you've been learning that is ""a waste of your time""Sincerely, 9th grader STILL using math "
• "Dear elementary student, Math is important in life because later on in the future you will have to pay bills and in order to pay bills you will have to know some type of math. Also certain type of jobs have to do with math so you would have to know how to do math. Math might be very difficult, but if you keep trying, you will get it and succeed. NEVER GIVE UP ! Always try your best, ask for help, ask questions it helps you learn math for the future.
• "Dear John, Learning your basic math is very  important in life because you need to know math in order to have a good job. It's important to know math when you're older because you may need to count money or some else that has to do with numbers. Math may be boring or lame but it's going to be very important to you when your older. That's why we get learn math cause we are going to need it when we get older.,,,
• Well, I'll start by saying, no matter what your future job might be math is essential. Not just for jobs in everyday life, for example if you need to count your money and take some away for rent or other things, you need the basic skill of subtracting. Maybe as simple as raising the temperature on a stove you need to know how many more degrees you need to add.