GLOBAL MATH PROJECT
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We're proud to partner with James Tanton in bringing to life a series of four wonderfully delightful learning Challenges based on the Piles & Holes puzzles, a sequel to the famous Exploding Dots. The Piles & Holes Challenges are aligned to middle school standards.
What happens when you combine sand piles with other sand piles. Piles with holes? Holes with holes? In this challenge we'll find out!
It's Raining Opposites
You discovered how to add piles in the first piles and holes Challenge. Now, let’s see what else we can learn about piles and holes!
Collecting & Sorting
What happens when you group collections of piles and holes together? Find out how to use parentheses to communicate with piles and holes!
Now that you've learned all about piles and holes, let's practice simplifying groups of piles and holes in different ways!
Piles & Holes is part of the free Starter Bundle of Challenges at Mindsets Learning.
Teachers love the Piles & Holes Challenges
These are a few of them.
CABRILLO MIDDLE SCHOOL, CA
Dr. Wilson Tsang is a math educator for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's STEM Leadership Institute at Cabrillo Middle School. He loves conducting the Piles & Holes Challenges with his students. Wilson & James Tanton had the opportunity to meet up in early 2018 to discuss Piles & Holes, the joys of math and life as a classroom math teacher.
ROCKY HILL SCHOOL, RI
Cailtlin MacDonald is a middle school math teacher at Rocky Hill School, Rhode Island. She and the younger students at the school (grade 4 and up) applied their knowledge of the number system through the Piles & Holes sequence of Challenges.
JOSE HERNANDEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL, CA
Christina Wong, a math teacher at Jose Hernandez Middle School in San Jose conducted the Piles & Holes Challenges with her students.
GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL, VIC
Jonathan Auditore is a primary school teacher at Geelong Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. He and his students had a wonderful time brushing up on their math basics using the Piles & Holes Challenges.