Verner Elementary in Verona celebrated a very special Math Day on February 22, 2022, when it recognized Palindrome Day – or 22.02.2022. A palindrome means that the date is read the same whether it is read forwards or backwards. And curiously, the day is also an ambigram, meaning it’s read exactly the same way upside down as it is right side up.
Also known as “Twosday,” Tuesday brought excitement to Riverview School District Elementary School as students were able to break out of their normal routine with a wide range of number two-themed and math activities.
All students received a number two pencil from their teachers, and the cafeteria served rolling tacos for lunch to commemorate “Taco Twosday.”
In addition, each grade level created a number two poster, which was then hung around the school, and each student received a two on a copy sheet and could be creative and do whatever they wanted with it. to make it unique. The students also had the opportunity to share their thoughts on where they aspire to be when they turn 22.
“Every kid at Verner’s mark is the day,” said Jill Waffensmith, Verner’s math teacher and senior coordinator of the day’s events. “I gave ideas to each grade level, but I didn’t force it, so it was up to each class to decide how to execute it.”
Other activities included the cut-out number two of the kindergarten class, who also participated in a tie and tutus event where each student could wear a tie or tutu of their choice to school that day. .
The first-graders assembled a time capsule that included a measurement of their own foot against a king’s foot (the original measurement of a foot), in addition to a drawing of their own hand. They’ve also put together some of their own personal thoughts on what they’re currently thinking. The time capsule is scheduled to open on March 3, 2033, at which time the first-year student body will be made up of seniors.
The sixth grade class brought pictures from age 2, which will be in the yearbook. But they also centered a fun activity around the photos, asking each student to match the photo to their classmates with two guesses.
The upper levels also discussed famous sports personalities who wore number 22 and some of the reasons why they might choose this number.
The second-grade class was tasked with finding all the numbers that ended in “222”, while the third-grade students did the same activity except with “2022”. All classes worked on studying the difference between two, to and too.
Music classes worked with half notes to commemorate number two, gym classes worked in pairs, and the library handed out bookmarks that said, “Read a book or two.”
One of the most popular activities took place at 2:22 p.m. Following a loudspeaker announcement, students took to the halls to do 22 seconds (or more) of any type of physical activity of their choice.
This part of the day was a big hit with the students.
“One of the main things we did was get out in the hallway and do some exercises,” said sixth-grade student Anthony Tsambis. “We did 22 seconds of push-ups and we did 22 planks. It was really fun to go there and burn off your energy. We were waiting for the clock to strike 2:22 p.m.
Sophomore Addie Williamson said: ‘One of my favorite activities was working out, and we also got to make hats, which was fun.’
In the end, it was a fun day for the students to break up the monotony of the school year, while discovering a rare mathematical anomaly. There won’t be another palindromic date for 11 years, and it will be another 100 years until there is one centered around the number two.
“February and March can be a tough time of year for kids who don’t have much to look forward to. And anytime – as a math specialist – I can squeeze in a little more learning about the numbers in there, that’s good,” Waffensmith said. “It’s just something different and it interrupts the school day, and it’s a little thing we can do that means a lot to the students Whenever we can just breathe and do something to make everyone happy, we all need it.
Darren Yuvan is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.