Magic Squares

loshu1A magic square is a group of numbers arranged in a certain way so that the numbers have an interesting property. In a magic square the sum of any row, column, or diagonal is the same.

Historians believe the first magic square called lo-shu dates from Ancient China before 2000 B.C. There is a legend about its discovery that says an emperor saw the special number sequence on the shell of a tortoise near the bank of the Yellow River.

Magic Square Puzzles

December is Empathy

Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.

  • Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.
  • Empathy makes the world a better place.

Practice empathy by being observant of others, using active listening and donating a pair of new or gently used shoes for Soles to Souls.

Our book of the month is The Yellow Star by Carmen Deedy. After reading and listening to the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, explain why the author titled the book The Yellow Star. What does the yellow star symbolize?

Logic Sums

Today you will use logic, task cards and plastic chips with numbers.  Follow the instructions on each task card.  Move the plastic chips to solve the problem. There is no need for erasing because if you make a mistake…just move the chips.  When you find success, record your answer on your sheet.  Good luck and have fun!

Challenge: Try this game online.  Click  Sum Shapes.  Here you solve puzzles by arranging numbers on a diagram so that they add up to a given value. Use perseverance to solve these logic puzzles!

November is Gratitude

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving and Veterans Day. It is important to show gratitude for your own happiness, health, relationships and impact on the world.

Cottage Lane will be growing a gratitude tree. The gratitude tree will show everyone that we appreciate the small things in life, are grateful for everything they have, are mindful of the things that are going right in their lives and hold people in our lives close to our hearts.

In your writing journal write daily gratitude responses. Feel free to go above and beyond and say thank you to others, write them a letter and share that letter with them. After 7 days of gratitude responses, receive a leaf for your teacher and add it to the CLE gratitude tree. If you need writing prompts, try these:

  • It was a good moment today when __________________.
  • I’m glad I had the opportunity to _________________ this week.
  • Thinking about _______________ makes me feel good.
  • I like seeing _______________________ in nature.
  • I’m grateful I’ve accomplished ________________ in my life.
  • I learned _________________ from a challenge.
  • ______________ always makes me smile.
  • Additional gratitude writing prompts can be found here.

Click this link to write your daily responses – Gratitude Challenge.


Halloween Week 2018

It’s Halloween week! Let’s have a sweet time solving tricky problems. You need to get rid of the rotten pumpkins but don’t wreck the good ones that are still edible.  Good luck!pumpkinremover

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