The Portal Opens Up… In The Laundry Room

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Mountain to Climb:

Navigators, your mountain to climb this week is to figure out how many different outfits Ms. Costa could make with the clothes in her laundry. Remember she has 4 pairs of pants, 5 shirts, and 6 sweaters. Is Ms. Costa right? Can she make over 100 outfits?

Seeking the Peak:

  • Check out this video to learn how to organize your information and find different combinations

Beyond the Peak:


  • Novel: The Hundred Dresses517PH8RNkIL._SX401_BO1,204,203,200_ Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school, is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. 




  • Picture Book: Laundry Day 51qJDIvVZ9L._SX381_BO1,204,203,200_ A shoeshine boy is surprised when a piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully diverse people who live in the tenement.




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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