The Portal Opens Up… On The Road!

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Mountain to Climb:

Navigators, you have three things to figure out about our road trip:

  1. How far (how many miles) did we travel in total?
  2. How long did the entire trip take us?
  3. If we began at 7:08am, what time did we end our journey?

Seeking the Peak:

Hey Navigators, we think that most fifth graders and up will have learned enough math skills to climb this mountain. Third and fourth graders, this mountain requires math skills you may not have learned yet. But that’s ok – you can learn them now! The resources below will be extra helpful for you this week. Of course, all navigators should use these resources if they get stuck.

Older navigators, you may consider this approach:

  • Have you learned what a proportion is? If so, you could use them to climb this mountain. For a review, check out this video

Beyond the Peak:


  • Novel: Saavy images-2 Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure, not a soul on board will ever be the same.



  • Picture Book: LaRue Across America images-4Ike’s plans for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are thwarted when their neighbor, Mrs. Hibbins, falls suddenly ill from heat stroke. Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats while Mrs. Hibbins is in the hospital, inviting them along on the cruise. But cats aren’t allowed, and Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week’s vacation of road-tripping.




  • Picture Book: M is for Maple Syrup images-3 Our road trip brought us to many locations in Vermont. This picture book introduces 26 uniquely Vermont things and stops at some of the same places as we did! 



Reaching the Peak:

Once you think you have reached the peak of this mountain, ask an adult for permission to leave us a reply explaining how you arrived at a solution. Your reply may not appear right away – don’t worry! – it has been sent to Portal Peak for review and will be posted soon. Remember, there is no need to give an email, your last name, or a website when leaving your reply, just leave those parts blank. For more information, head over to the Navigator’s Base Camp.


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