Tuesday, February 2, 2010
New Middle School Problem of the Week Saga
The Willowside Saga
is the story of Justin, a new kid at Willowside Middle School in the middle of nowhere. Justin used to live in New York, but for mysterious reasons, his parents moved across the country to a tiny, rural area surrounded by fruit trees and weeds.
Justin is desperate to figure out how to fit in.
There is a wide cast of characters in this saga. Each chapter ends with a significant math problem designed to challenge and extend a middle schoolers mathematical thinking. It is part of a bigger program of problem solving and writing to "make our thinking visible".
The Willowside Saga is the precursor to Verdania: A Mathematical Odyssey.