The Portal Opens Up…On a Puzzle

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Mountain to Climb

  • Part 1 – What fractions did Ms. Costa and Mr. C use to complete the puzzle? Remember there were letters A,B,C,D,E,F,G and H.
  • Part 2- If Mr. C completed the vowels and Ms. Costa completed the consonants what fraction of the puzzle did each of them complete?
  • Part 3- Since it is a 1000 piece puzzle, how many pieces of puzzle did Mr. C put together and how many pieces of puzzle did Ms. Costa put together?

Seeking the Peak

Beyond the Peak

Activity: Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie -This book shows how a circle, divided like a pie, can be used to make pictures of all kinds. Using just 4 simple shapes, Ed Emberley shows emerging artists how to draw a variety of patterns, animals, people, and more! This book is packed with cool things that kids-and not a few adults-really want to draw. Easy and fun, the book provides hours of art-full entertainment.https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316789820

To See how to use this book with fractions added check out this lesson on Scholastic.


Graphic Novel: The Arrival – The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780439895293


Picture Book: All The Way to America – Dan Yaccarino’s great-grandfather arrived at Ellis Island with a small shovel and his parents’ good advice: “Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family.” With simple text and warm, colorful illustrations, Yaccarino recounts how the little shovel was passed down through four generations of this Italian-American family—along with the good advice. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780375866425


Novel: My America: Hope in my Heart – When Sofia and her family arrive in Ellis Island after a long and difficult journey from Italy, a cruel twist of fate separates Sofia from her parents and sends her into “quarantine.” There, in a state-run hospital, she and her new friend, Maureen, must learn to overcome the twin hardships of immigration and alienation, while they maintain the hope that they will be reunited with their families. This is the first book in the My America: Sofia’s Immigrant Diaries series. https://www.amazon.com/My-America-Sofias-Immigrant-Diaries/dp/0439449626

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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