The Portal Opens Up…At the Pool Table

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Mountain To Climb

Your Mountain to Climb is to figure out what is the best shot from the cue ball to each of the colored balls on the table and what angle or angles would be involved in getting that ball into a pocket. Then you need to make a recommendation to Ms. Costa about which shot/ball you think she should start with.

Seeking the Peak

Beyond the Peak

Picture Book: Shape Up! – Draw three dots on a piece of paper. Or maybe– draw three dots on a slice of cheese.  What happens when you connect the dots? With bright, colorful illustrations and a simple, funny text, Shape Up! introduces triangles, quadrangles, and other polygons to readers, encouraging them to play along, and learn everything there is to know about shapes.  Explaining basic geometric concepts and offering definitions for important vocabulary, this introduction to shapes, lines, and angles is too good to miss.

Picture Book: What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? – Children can test their math skills and learn the Pythagorean Theorem alongside young Pythagoras in this STEM adventure.  Pythagoras’ curiosity takes him from Samos to Alexandria, where he meets a builder named Neferheperhersekeper, who introduces him to the right angle. While building, Pythagoras uses geometry to learn how to measure angles and discovers all he needs to know about right triangles. 

Picture Book: The Greedy Triangle – Bored and dissatisfied with his life, a triangle visits a local shapeshifter to add another angle to his shape. Poof! He becomes a quadrilateral. But then he gets greedy and keeps adding angles until he’s completely transformed. This is a boldly colorful introduction to shapes and basic math concepts.

Novel: All of the Above – Based on a true story, All of the Above is the delightful and suspenseful story of four inner city students and their quest to build the world’s largest tetrahedron. Weaving together the different personal stories of the kids, their teacher, and the community that surrounds them, award-winning author Shelley Pearsall has written a vividly engaging story about the math, life and good-tasting barbecue. Filled with unexpected humor, poignant characters and quiet brilliance, All of the Above is a surprising gem.

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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