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#42: Math Vocabulary & Operations


This is a clip from my absolute favorite Home Improvement episode.  Most of you are probably too young to remember the show, but you can catch re-runs sometimes or find them on You Tube.  This particular episode is related to math and talks about some of the “crazy” rules and words mathematicians use.

How Can You Spend Your Math Minutes This Week?

  • Watch the video clip and then post a comment about some of the math vocabulary words used.
  • Figure out the answer to Jill’s “cheese milk” recipe:  1 1/2 lbs of cheese x 1 1/2 gallons of milk.
  • The steps to multiplying fractions can be confusing.  Post a comment about another math topic or rule you find confusing.
  • Post a math vocabulary word you find interesting.  My favorite math word is radical!  I like it so much I had a shirt made!

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  • Ask a parent or another adult if they can remember the steps to multiplying mixed numbers (they called them compound fractions in the video).  See if they can give you an example of when they use this skill.  Post a comment!

#41: Future Spacecraft

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Will future spacecraft fit in our pockets?  

How can you spend your Math Minutes this week?

  • After watching this video, think about the following:  NASA provides opportunities for students, researchers and industry to launch their small satellite payloads on NASA’s own launches.  What type of small satellite would you build and what type of data or experiment would you carry out if you could send a small satellite to space?  Leave a comment with your idea.
  • Read about Specific Impulse on this site.  It’s some higher level math, but try to read through it and pick out at least one new thing you can learn more about.
  • Learn some space shuttle facts on this site.  Create an infographic or another way to display the information.
  • The European Space Agency has a great website with tons of information and exploration activities.  Check it out and post something new you learned.

Wait…is this a Math Minute or a Science Minute?  Math and science are so intertwined that it’s hard to tell sometimes whether you’re doing one or the other.  Many times it’s both!

Social Studies Enrichment #20-Geography Wonders

    Calling all Geographers!


Stretch your geography skills by studying several of these Wonderopolis Wonders :

Where is the Forbidden City?- #644

Where is the Windy City?- #897

Where is the Quietest Town in American?-#1557

Which City Has the Longest Name?-#1123

Where is the Oldest City in America?-#692

Where are the Suburbs?-#1547

Have You Ever Been to the Big Apple?-#718

Where is Timbuku?- #1064

Where is the Big Easy?-#1143

How are Cities Founded?-#1229

For each wonder that you study, come up with a creative way to show what you learned. If you would like, create some geography bee style questions. Share your questions and answers in the comments.

Science Related Art & Writing

Stone Soup is in the process of gathering work for their September issue which will be science themed.  Check out the many types of work you can submit:
  • write up a science fair project or experiment for Stone Soup readers to try
  • write a short essay about any area of science that fascinates you (i.e. comets, dinosaur coloration, the geology of a place near where you live, something about the weather, etc.)

Check out more details here.  All entries are due July 1, 2018.

Poetry Contest-Deadline April 24, 2018

The Omaha Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Write and illustrate a poem using the CCEW theme, “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”

Contest Deadline: April 24, 2018

Contest Details:

Prizes: Local winners advance to the national contest for a chance to win cash prizes. ACS will award $300 to first-place and $150 to second-place national contest winners in each grade category!

Winners of the Omaha Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes!


#40: What day of the week is it? #2

Did you try math minute # 30?

If so, you might like this puzzle as well!

  1. Watch this video to learn the process.
  2. Take notes as you watch. It is also helpful to pause the video while you are watching to do the calculations.
  3. Pause the video and calculate the date 10.19.1902.  Unpause the video to see if you were correct.
  4. Please complete two date calculations of your choice from start to finish and share your date and your solution in the comments below.
This cheat sheet is very helpful.  You can print it off to help you.

Tech Savvy April 21, 2018

Tech Savvy, a program of AAUW,  introduces girls in 6th through 9th grades to many types of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and teaches “savvy skills” such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, financial literacy, and negotiation.

Tech Savvy will be held April 21, 2018, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the College of St. Mary, 7000 Mercy Rd, Omaha, NE.

Find out more at:

#39: Hexaflexagons

Learn how to make a really fun geometric toy—

a Hexaflexagon!

There are many types of flexagons. The names of flexagons tell the type of polygon and the number of faces.  Hexaflexagons are paper polygons you will create in this math minute. They were first discovered in 1939 by Arthur Stone, who set up a Flexagon Committee to investigate their properties.

Watch this Vi Hart video and print off this PDF instructions to help you.

Snap a picture of your finished project and send it to the EY coordinator in your building.

Info from:

Central Honors Institute

The Central Honors Institute (CHI) is a five-day residential academic camp for middle school students who have completed the 6th or 7th grade and who have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity among their peers.

Students attend classes during the day (see below) and socialize with peers in the evenings while experiencing life on a community college campus.

  • CHI Stream Team: During this biology based track, Stream Team campers will investigate living and non-living objects, food web, and biodiversity in a nearby aquatic ecosystem.
  • FLY CHI Track:  This track will focus on the fascinating aspect of flight from archery to ornithology, rockets, gliders, combustion and beyond!
  • CSI at CHI Track: Campers in this track will investigate and solve a number of puzzling cases throughout the week.
  • CHI Creativity Track: Campers will explore their creative potential through teamwork and cooperation.

To learn more, visit:

Applications are due May 1, 2018