Monday, May 23, 2016

Alex's MTE - Elementary School Tests And Solutions



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Once again...
the Elementary Division schedule of events.

So many of these young mathletes concentrated on math for hours on end...
and had a great time doing so.


This article will cover all of the tests and the solutions
for the Elementary School Division
as were given at Alex's Mathematical Talent Exhibition.

The Elementary School Division incorporated K - 5th grades.

Although there were no grades lower than 2nd grade at the competition...
had there been...and had anyone wanted to do so...
even a Kindergartener could have competed.

Everyone in each division had competed on an equal basis.

There was just one competition for each of the Divisions
(Elementary / Middle / High School).

However, in the Elementary and Middle school divisions...
there were also separate awards given by grade level.

So...
even for the lowest grade level...
every competitor was given the same sets of problems as the highest grade level.


The problems start out from very easy...
and work their way up to not so easy.

Again...
Alex had made up all of the problems used in his competition...
in all of the divisions.

I've also included Alex's solution sheets.

I highly recommend having your children try these tests.

The included solution sheets will help you teach the correct answers
to any they should miss.

Alex will actually have to make the tests a little more difficult next year.

Many elementary school students had done quite well for their grade level...
and for many...
this was their first mathematical competition.

I had seen the sparkle in the eyes of so many of the competitors at the award ceremony.

Alex had lit the competitive fires in many a youth through this contest.

I am sure many will really start to get involved in competitive math...
and will use these type of math problems and solutions to advance themselves
in their math studies at school.

Just to let you know that Alex had not made these problems harder than
he could have solved when he was in Elementary School...
Alex had completed Pre-Algebra in 3 months time while he was in the 3rd grade
(they had Alex go to the computer in the library 
where he did an online Pre-Algebra class...
and he learned Algebra 1 at home)...
and in 4th grade...his elementary school had put him in middle school
with the advanced 7th and 8th graders in their Algebra 1 class...
and he was getting perfect scores.

After 4th grade...
his school recommended that we home school Alex...
as he was to young to go to high school.


We had lived in a very small central valley town in California at the time.

There were no math competitions available there...
and very few higher educational opportunities.

So after two more years of home schooling...
we moved to our present home in Reno, NV because of the advanced
educational opportunities here for Alex.

It was only after we moved to Reno that we learned about the existence
of math competitions.

Alex wanted to give young elementary school students opportunities
that he did not have.


So...
these are the problems that the Elementary School Division had.

After the problems sheets...
I've included the solution sheets.

NNV Math Club also posted these solution sheets on their web site
so the parents of the competitors could go over the missed problems 
with their children...so they may learn how to think in math...
rather than merely calculate.























Now...
here are the solutions:






















And once again...
this was the Elementary School Division Grand Award Winner.

He is posing with Alex and he is holding his Award...
a 7" Color Kindle Fire...
and he is wearing his medal.

This highly talented young man (5th grader) had an exceptional overall score
in this division.




In my next article...
I will include all of the problem and solution sheets for the 
Middle School Division.















2 comments:

  1. Reading these problems and answers provides insight into just how much work Alex had to put into developing this competition. He deserves many kudos (and good sushi!) for all of his efforts to bring this about.

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  2. Wait until you see the higher division's problems, Alex really did a good job creating his problems and writing out his solutions. For Alex, this was a labor of love. We are all so proud of Alex. This was all self initiated...and all of the tests, solutions, answer sheets...etc., was all Alex.

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