This is a follow up to my request for where to by 4-function calculators (without square root or % buttons), which I am sending because of all the questions I received from you.
First, "why would anyone want a 4-function calculator?"
Our special needs students have always been given the accommodation of a4-function calculator if they need it for number facts. Recently, they have been hard to find, and so our office which evaluates students' needs for accommodations says, "calculator or fact sheet." We thought that meant that we could eliminate calculators altogether for basic math tests on whole numbers, but we were told that we could only eliminate the use of the last 2 keys - say, glue them down? But if we didn't want to do that, we could withhold the calculator for problems involving percents and square roots, and make fact sheets available.
All of this seems pretty weird, so we went on a search for 4-function calculators - hence my e-mail to you.
Professor of Mathematics
St Louis Community College at Meramec
11333 Big Bend Blvd.
Kirkwood MO 63122
It turns out that the only place we've found them is on those sites where you can customize coffee mugs, pencils, etc. for example, "rushimprint.com" sells a solar 4-function calculator for $2.57
I sometimes think we are the only department left that feels that learning whole number operations, with borrowing, lining up place values, combining like terms, etc. is important... thanks to all of you who responded to me!