Month: September 2010

Halloween And Math? Yes!

So you’re picking out the Halloween costumes for your child to get ready for the upcoming Trick or Treating, and you want it to be an educational experience for your child as well … right?

Terri Evans has a great idea to help reinforce math principles to your children during this very spooky holiday! Here’s the article Terri wrote:

Halloween Math Makes Math More Interesting

Halloween math is a great way to motivate kids to actually want to do math. Let’s face it, math isn’t always a favorite subject. But it will quickly become a favorite when you add a Halloween twist to math practice. There are many different skills that can be practiced by adding a Halloween twist to math practice. Below are my three favorite ways to get kids excited about math as Halloween approaches.1. Grab Some Pumpkins There are many different Halloween math activities that can be done with a few pumpkins. Get about 6 or 7 pumpkins and label each of them with a letter or to make it even more fun let the kids give each one a name. Now the kids can get involved in estimating and measuring. Have them order the pumpkins according to weight, from the smallest to the largest. Then they can estimate how much each pumpkin weights. They can also estimate the circumference of each pumpkin and then the height and width of each one. If this is a bit difficult for the kids, do the measuring for one of the pumpkins first so that the kids will have some idea of the mass and measurements on one pumpkin before they do their estimating for the others.

After all of the estimating has been done it is time to start measuring. Get out the scales and some measuring tapes and record the weight, circumference, height and width of each. Children can then record their results and see how accurate their estimates were.

2. Halloween Buzz Buzz is a counting game that has been played by kids for ages. It can quickly become a Halloween math game just by changing the word ‘buzz’ to a Halloween word. You might like to use ‘Dracula’, ‘Boo’ or ‘trick or treat’. Start with multiples of seven being the banned numbers that have to be replaced by the buzz word.

To play the kids just go around the group counting in ones but when they get to the number seven, any multiple of seven or any number that contains a seven, they say the buzz word instead. If they don’t they are out. So the counting should sound like this – one, two, three, four, five, six, ‘boo’, eight, nine ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, ‘boo’ etc. Sounds easy but does require concentration and also a good knowledge of multiples.

3. Build a Skeleton In this Halloween math game, two teams or two players compete against each other. This game involves choosing a basic skeleton shape to be drawn as the game progresses. A math question or problem is given and the first player or team to answer correctly wins the right to draw a piece of the skeleton. The first team or player to complete the skeleton is the winner. To make it even more fun paper skeletons can be bought and pulled apart. The winner of each round can then take one piece of their skeleton. The game is over when one player or team has all of the pieces of the skeleton.

Not all kids like math but when math becomes Halloween math this will change and the kids will be begging for more. Hope the kids enjoy these Halloween math activities. Happy Halloween!

About the Author

Teresa Evans is a parent and teacher who has created a range of kids Halloween Activities. Get your Halloween printables here www.kids-halloween-activities.com


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“Why Do I Need To Learn Math?”

If you’re a teacher or a parent, you’ve probably heard this question before! Chances are good that as a student you even asked this question yourself. 

Apparently JoLynn Colbert heard this question many times and decided to write a nice article to provide the answer for all of us who have had or heard this question. The article can be found at EzineArticles.com and is shown here for your pleasure.

Why Do We Have To Learn Math? Discover 6 Good Reasons
 
Students will often pose frustrating questions of various types to teachers or parents. Frequently, these questions are not really questions at all, but more of a whining complaint accompanied with the motive to waste time or sidetrack the teachers lesson plan. Some of your most spontaneous, off the cuff, answers may include: ” Because I said so,” or; “Because we are having a test tomorrow.” These words may slip out of our mouths even though we aware that these responses are inadequate. Sometimes however, the question is a legitimate one. A question we may have even asked ourselves from time to time. “Why do we have to learn math?” Below are a list of 6 good reasons to learn math. Also included is a possible assignment to give students to help them learn the reasons.

1. Simple math concepts build on themselves. We need simple math concepts to work into more advanced math concepts. Even if you get a job working with people, you will very likely still need math. Advanced math is needed for a near infinite list of many popular careers such as: 

Computer fields

Finance and banking

Plumber

Electrician

Mechanic

Sales

Clothing designer

Business manager

Builder

(fill in the blank)

Jobs for unskilled labor are becoming harder and harder to come by. Getting a good job with good pay will depend on your special skills that not everyone can offer. Math is one of those skills. Even if your job involves working mainly with people, it is very likely you will still have to use math. Learn math and get the job of your dreams.

2. Math is needed when you must decide how to create the very best arrangement for furniture, equipment for large groups of people at work or for a special occasion at home. Simple math concepts such as multiplying fractions and manipulating ratios make it easy to adjust cooking recipes to the number of people you want to serve. Learn math and make your personal life function better.

3. Math can help you create art. Not only will you want to get the correct sizes and color mixtures, math is used in almost every aspect of art. Major universities offer an entire class called “Mathematics in Art and Architecture”. Techniques like tiling, tessellation, perspective, pattern, and symmetry are some of the concepts used in art that require the use of math. Make yourself and your world more beautiful. Learn math.

4. People will often try to make you to believe something that isn’t true and may use math that seem to prove what they say. If you know how to check the math, you can steer clear of being the fool. the shady business of using math to lie is the subject of a classic book, “How to Lie With Statistics” by the author Darrell Huff. Written some 50 years ago, most of the deceptive math tricks described in his book are still being used on a regular basis. Even if someone is not trying to deceive you, it is possible that an error was made. For example: A laboratory test may show that a person has a particular disease. If mathematical errors were made in the analysis, the person may not have the disease at all. It is important to be able to understand any information that comes to you with a claim of “mathematical proof”. Don’t be fooled. Learn math.

5. Math is essential in personal finance issues and budgeting. In your personal life, you may use math to plan how budget your money. On the job you may need to plan how your company will spend money. Learn math and grow rich.

6. Learning math and solving problems is a mental exercise that improves your general thinking ability. It is like exercise for your brain. Want to become smarter in every way? Learn math.

It should be obvious that there are many more than 6 good reasons to learn math. The next time a math student asks you “Why do we have to learn this” make this simple assignment:

Read this article and write one unique paragraph on “Why should we learn math?”

To your success and prosperity,
JoLynn Colbert

Author JoLynn Colbert invites you to view our FREE! Report on how to motivate your child. http://www.tutorfi.com/parents

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So there you have it! A very good article and your explanation as to why you (and your children) need to learn math!

Until next time – make sure you get your share of pi

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