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Nursery students use pirate math to prepare for benchmarks

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 23, 2013 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2013 at 5:24 a.m.

Tyler Wilson is outfitted with an eye patch and pirate's hat to get into the role of a pirate during the Math Matters event at Nursery Elementary. Students aboard the boat used treasure coins, jewels and secret maps to learn about math.

Damian Lira peered over at the gold coins spread across the gray floor.

A few paces away, Tyler Wilson lined a baby's diaper with copper-tinted marble pebbles.

A pink, plastic eye patch covered Rihanna Palette's eye.

Nursery Elementary School students were sharpening their math skills in preparation for their state test benchmarks during Math Matters, an annual event dedicated to making math fun.

This year's event incorporated pirate-themed exercises, like counting coins and reading treasure maps to hone math skills.

In the springtime, the school holds a similar event dedicated to enhancing reading skills - Reading Rocks, said Suzanne Bell, Nursery principal and Nursery school district superintendent.

"It's something that we do to help kids realize that they can have fun with math if they want to," she said. "It's always a lot of fun, and we have parents who come in and help us with the activities."

It was Halloween, so the kids were already in a creative spirit, Bell said.

Dolores Lira, Damian's mother, thought the event was helpful, she said.

"My son really enjoyed it," the 27-year-old said. "He's been pretty good with math. ... I guess he got that from my side."



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