Exploding Dots!

Hambright students have been working on The Global Math Project ‘s Exploding Dots activities this week and last week with over 1.4 million other students from 84 countries.  Exploding Dots allow students to explore numbers, place value, number systems, and standard algorithms.  All of the classes seemed to enjoy deepening their understanding of math, “exploding” the dots, and loved the idea that they were playing with other students from around the world.

We have our very own link to calculate our KAPOWS! (which add to the US KAPOWS which add to the KAPOWS total score)  Check it out:


Manor Middle kiddos have the link in Google Classroom to try it for themselves.

Problem Solving – Venn Perplexors

We were working collaboratively today trying to solve one of our Venn Perplexors on world geography…here is the proof!

Olivia H. felt using sticky notes and marking out the locations was really helpful rather than just pointing at them.

Eric S. said the perplexors were easier or harder depending on the topic.

Michaela C. was glad they were correct, and they did it without any hints from me.

Regardless, we had a good time working together and adding Sarah M. to our group!


We had a fun session of Qwirkle today in the Day 5 group of Problem Solving.  This was a new game to many, so it took a little while for each of us to get started.  Here is a link to the game:  Qwirkle

Sarah Beth said, “The game uses a lot of strategy like chess.”

However, Matt P. wasn’t as confident with her assessment.  He responded, “It’s not as intense.”

John C. who observed since he stopped by for a moment to check-in replied, “It looks interesting.”

Noah L. walked into class and exclaimed, “Yes! Qwirkle!  I love Qwirkle.”

I think this is a game we will continue to explore in Problem Solving.   It does require logic and strategy to build upon the grid with the pieces.  “Qwirkle!” is something we all wanted to be able to say today because it means 12 points which we all wanted.