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Math class is made fun with Elf on the Shelf

Updated: Dec 12, 2013 04:40 PM

The Elf on the Shelf is a popular children's book which includes a little elf doll. Now, a Parsons Middle School math teacher has put the Elf to use in her classroom.

Even before the bell rings 7th graders in Ms. Kelsey Buffo's math class are busy. They find the Elf on the Shelf along with a math problem to solve.

On Thursday the Elf is in a cube. The students have to find its volume.

"It's fun to have a little mission when first come in class instead of going to your seat - to go and look for something, find something, gets your brain working right away," says Logan Krause. "It makes things a little more exciting."

"I think it makes it better (math class) because you're more excited to work than work on a worksheet every morning - that's not really fun at all," says Sydney Lancaster.

"Sometimes it's really funny because she's doing something cool," says Austin Long. "One time, she was zip lining across the room."

That's many of the students favorite hiding spot.

"We had to find her speed when she was zip lining and we had to find the circumference of a cylinder, the bottom of the cylinder because she got stuck in it," Austin says while laughing.

It's not just solving the problem of the cube that is math related. Students picked "Hypatia" for the elf's name.

"I like it because it's based on a mathematician," says Sydney. "She was one of the first people, first females, contributing to mathematics. I like that."

And just like the one in the book, Hypatia the Elf has a mission.

"If they're doing what they're supposed to be doing, she's here the next day," says Ms. Buffo. "They can't touch her, move her, mess with her at all. So it just kind of monitors their behavior."

"We act a little bit better because she talked about in the book, it said she was watching us and she goes to tell Santa if we're good or not," says Austin, who thinks it is a cute story.

" Austin says its a cute story.

"It adds the Christmas spirit to the school and at your home (where his mom puts the elf on the shelf) - it keeps you happy - and well behaved," says Logan.

Hypatia has appeared in the classroom wreath, in a box, on a flower bloom, and even stuck on the overhead projector.

Students say they can't wait to see where she lands next.

The elf hasn't disappeared for the students so her mission is working, and all say they wish all their teachers would incorporate the Elf on the Shelf.

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