The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 23, 1987 · Page 8
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 8

Baytown, Texas
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Sunday, August 23, 1987
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••A THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, Aiigiirt M. 19J7 FOUR YEAR WARRANTY CUSTOM CANAL AID AlMti iMitiMl dur, fsriswckM S11H we* Sato I Hearing Aids of Baytown (My tyt. MM.-Fri. * tm-J pm SlOFsrrsstetPniett <Hm. ft** McOw CwttfM ttMriM C«H fir f ipoMtmtnf t 422-5392 Math gives OK to use of calculators SANTA ANA, Calif, (AP) It's math time In Dee Parsons' fourth-grade class at Hoover Elementary School; but Instead of struggling with workbooks or multiplication tables, the students turn to restaurant menus and pocket-size calculators. . They split Into groups of four. Each party pretends it has gone to a restaurant with exactly $25 to spend on a meal. After discussing the relative merits of patty melts and chicken-fried steak, the students total up their bills on the calculators, adding a soda If there's money left, subtracting a chocolate sundae If they come up short. They even total up tax and «p. ..'. :- • ,' •. •:.[.:•.•••• Then the first group reports to the class that It's spent a total of 124.78. "How much change are they going to get back?" asks visiting teacher Sally Milton, prodding the rest of the class to make a quick mental estimate without resorting to paper or calculator. "Are they going to get a dollar back?" "No," the students answer In unison. "Are they going to get 50 cents back? "she prompts. "NO." .,, . , ,; , "How much are they going to "' '' '• , "Two dimes, " one student suggests, providing the kind of ballpark estimate today's educators say is necessary to verify that a miscue on the'cal- Coming Thursday, September 3rd... Exclusively in The Baytown Sun TBAL 1987 CNILMtEN'S DAY OUT Ti tuistir Cill 427-7K3 or 422-5848 TRINITY TABERNACLE 1008E.lobit culator hasn't produced a wildly wrong answer. Without the calculators, Ms. Parsons says, the children would have spent the whole class hour on the first few addition and subtraction problems. Thus distracted, she says, they wouldn't have absorbed the point of a very practical, real- life math problem. Ms. Melton lists another plus for the exercise: Working with money and figuring tax and tip gives the students some feel for decimals and percentages, two concepts they don't really understand and wouldn't normally encounter until much later in their school careers. The Santa Ana teachers are among a growing number nationwide Introducing their elementary school students to calculators. The best estimates are that between 20 percent and 50 percent of elementary classes use calculators to some extent. The American educational establishment is urging wider use of the basic hand-held calculator, despite resistance by some parents and teachers who worry that kids will become so dependent on the machines they'll never really learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide. A comprehensive look at Baytown, Barbers HiII, Crosby and other surrounding schools. ADVERTISERS: Don't Pois up the opportunity to cosh in on the tremendous readership this section will bring! Coll one of our ad specialists today and watch your sales score big! 422-8302 Ad DMdKna Ttiurt., Aug. 27 422-8302 DANCING DYNAMICS FALL REGISTRATION MONDAY, AUGUST 24 4:00 PM-8:00 PM 427-5395 Offering: •Ballet •Tap • Jazz •Gymnastics •Baton •Creative Dance Ages 2Viand Up 1509 N. Tenth one block off Hwy. 146 A Ward Rd. Owntr: Gwtn Frtnch KELLY SHAW of shows the T-shirt she woo for tar champkm frog racing ability during a recent contest apos- sored by the Shepherd of UM Hills HotwatMd and Ouubar TbeaUr BMMT BntMML Mo. W e're working to make San Jacinto Ma Your Favorite Mall here arc many obvious reasons why San JacintolfTall is becoming the favorite Mall of a lot of smart Tcxnns. It takes a loi of dedicated people to make a Mall run smoothly, efficiently and wifely. Team work, hard work and pride in our work are all part of the philosophy at San Jacinto Mall. From manajjcmcint to security to maintenance to landscaping, the San Jacinto Mall team of professionals are striving to make San Jacinto Mall the cleanest, safest, most convenient Mall in the country. One visit to San Jacinto Mall, and you'll find out why so many smart Tcxans are making San Jacinto their favorite Mall. Reasons like the Texas sir.c hospitality in our restaurants, movie theaters, fine stores nnd specially shops. All on one convenient level, with parking close to your favorite store and only minutes from Houston. - M MO East at Garth Hoad in Baytown. Mall Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10-9 Sttnday: 12-5 Fofc;y's,Mcrvyr>'s, Montgomery Ward, J.C. Penney. Scars. Service Merchandise, The Fair, Craig's, Palais Royal and over 170 specialty stores. ACINTOMALL

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