This worksheet had 10 word problems on it. I'm not sure why you would want to estimate; the questions appear to call for precise answers. And why to the nearest ten? |

A small frowny face. |

"Why the sad face?" I asked.

"I don't like this problem," she responded.

"Why not?"

"Well, when I round each of those numbers to the nearest ten, I get 540 and 250. Those are not so easy for me to subtract."

"What would make things easier for you?"

"I could round the 536 to 500 and the 246 to 200 and just subtract 500 - 200 and get 300. That's easy for me because I know that 5 - 2 = 3."

"Then you go right ahead and do that!" I told her.

"But the directions say to round each number to the nearest tens!" She was nervous that the teacher might mark it wrong.

"That's OK," I assured her. "I'll talk with her."

Her answer. Unit issues aside, isn't it better than two question marks? |

This student knew there was something wrong. She expressed her displeasure in the only way she knew how: by drawing a frowny face. I

*love*that frowny face! Keep 'em coming, kids!