Category Archives: Math Minute

#28 Math Minute: Let it Snow!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

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image source:  http://www.pdclipart.org/

It’s Hour of Code week AND snow is near!  For this Math Minute, you will code a snowflake using Hopscotch.  When you’ve finished coding your snowflake, take a screenshot and send it to the EY coordinator at your building.  If you submit a snowflake before Dec. 20, you will receive a sweet treat to warm you up!

Watch a tutorial on how to create a snowflake in Hopscotch by clicking this link.

#27 Math Minute: Perplexors (Logic Puzzles)

This Math Minute post is brought to you by Hailey K. from Rockbrook.  She’s been busy writing perplexors for YOU to solve!  Click on one, two, or all of the links below and  solve the perplexors written by Hailey.  When you’re finished, write/type your own perplexor.  Make sure to have at least 3 different people complete your perplexor before turning it in to your  EY coordinator.

Perplexor 1

Perplexor 2

Perplexor 3

#26 Math Minute: Fall Math

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image taken from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Design-fall.png

I love everything about fall…football, leaves changing colors, pumpkins, candy corn, and costumes!  This week’s Math Minute has a variety of activities to choose from.  Complete two of the activities and turn them into the EY coordinator at your building for a sweet treat!

How can I spend my Math Minutes this week?

#25 Math Minute: Sweet Math

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You can think of almost anything as a math problem!

Ms. Fibonacci in Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

This week’s math minute has you diving into a box of donuts and solving a variety of math problems.  Correctly answer all the problems on the worksheet and earn a round prize. You can work individually or as a class.  Due to the complexity of some of the questions, It’s acceptable to use your resources (ie. teacher, older brother or sister, Internet to look up a formula, etc.) and ask for help.

“Donut” let this opportunity slip by!
Start solving these “sweet” math problems today!

Click here for a .pdf version of the questions

Click here for a digital version of the questions

#24 Math Minute: The Art of Math

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Image Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmlowe/6144649661

Math concepts are fantastically weaved into all kinds of artwork and Cloud Gate in Chicago, IL is no exception!  Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor‘s first public outdoor work installed in the United States.

According to the city of Chicago website,

The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.

Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.  Listen to the audio tour below.

How can you spend your Math Minutes?

Thanks to the Hoffart boys at Sunset for inspiring this Math Minute post!

#23 Math Minute: A Yummy Graph!

infographic |ˌinfōˈɡrafik|
noun

a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. a good infographic is worth a thousand words.

I went out to lunch recently with my family and noticed an eye-caching infographic at the center of each table.  I wish I could post a picture of it, but that would ruin the surprise!

Below you will find the data from the infographic.  Your job is to create a picture that displays all the information.  The only requirement is that all the information below is somewhere on your 8 1/2 x 11 page.  Use colors, crayons, pencils…whatever!  Get creative!  Don’t know what an infographic is?  No problem!  Take a look at some of these examples.

Data that must be included on your infographic…

  • 39,598,080 mini gingerbread muffins devoured last year from this salad bar
  • 1980 was when this restaurant introduced a salad bar.  It was based on the suggestion of a radio salesperson.
  • 10,000,000+ salad bars were ordered at this restaurant in 2015
  • The original salad bar at this restaurant offered 9 ingredients.  Now there are 50+ ingredients and they include select USDA-certified organics.
  • There are 1,906,884 possible combinations for a 5-ingredient salad with a base of lettuce.
  • If you had 1 salad a day, it would take 5,224 years before repeating a salad combination.
  • No MSG since 2008 and everything on the salad bar is trans-fat free.

Make sure your first and last name, teacher’s name, and school are on the back of your page.  Give your completed infographic to the EY coordinator at your building.  We will post some examples on the blog and the winner will receive a free salad bar from the restaurant!

#22 Math Minute: A Mile of Pizza

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Image taken from http://pdclipart.org

May 19, 2016:  Along the seafront of Naples in Italy, 100 chefs collaborated to create a 1,853.88 metres (6082.2 feet / 1.15 miles) long Neapolitan, which Guinness World Records has just confirmed is officially the Longest pizza ever made. ~Guinness World Records

How can I spend my Math Minutes this week?

#21 Math Minute: Names of Polygons

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While teaching an enrichment lesson to 3rd graders a few weeks ago, one of them asked what a 13-sided figure was called.  It was a great opportunity to do some research together.  We found a few great resources which I’m now sharing as this week’s Math Minute!

How can I spend my Math Minutes this week?

  • Watch The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns  Reading this book aloud is my  favorite ways to start a geometry unit.  After watching the video, post a comment about your favorite shape and where it appears most often.
  • Pick a polygon and draw 4-5 pictures of where that shape appears.  Turn in your drawing to the EY Coordinator at your building.
  • This website: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/schaeffe/tutorials/general/polygons.html was where the 3rd graders and I found the answer to our 13-sided polygon question.  Take a look at the different naming conventions for polygons on this site and post a comment with a few new names you discovered.  Take it a step further and draw your polygon.  Remember that a polygon is a closed figure made up of straight lines.
  • Create a “Geometry Around Us Presentation.”  Look at this example: https://youtu.be/aDcRaVMiTa8 as a starting point.  You can use any tool (Explain Everything, Pic Collage, Keynote, etc.) and include as many vocabulary words as you like.  Try to find pictures of polygons in your school or outside.
  • Write your name in block polygon letters.  Color the letters and under each one, write the correct name for each polygon.  Turn in your drawing to the EY Coordinator at your building.

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#20 Math Minute: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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image taken from Public Domain clipart @ pdclipart.org

Take Me out to the Ball Game!

The baseball/softball season is upon us and what better way to prepare for the fun than by studying the ways in which math is used in these fine sports?!

How can I spend my Math Minutes this week?
  1. Watch this video below about Baseball Batting Averages.  Post a comment about something new you learned from the video.
  2. Calculate batting averages using this worksheet: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B59p7nLR3kODanp4bE9mOHJ2Uk0  Turn in your completed worksheet to the EY Coordinator at your building.  Worksheet Source: http://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/future-eligibles#2017-eligibles
  3. There are many graphs that display baseball data.  Find a graph and summarize the data.  Turn your graph and summary into the EY Coordinator at your building.
  4. Look at the graph below and write 5 summary sentences about the data.  Find out some additional information about any one of the players listed in this graph.  Graph Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/06/rip-tony-gwynn-baseballs-best-hitter-in-the-last-60-years/372860/

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#19 Math Minute: Last Post Before Pi Day

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We’ve had some really creative Pi creations lately!

The badge pictured above was created by Aiden, 5th grader at Rockbrook.

Check out this trio of 6th graders from Loveland.  Kind of a catchy tune don’t you think?

On the same lines of signing the digits of Pi, Erin from Loveland shared this fun Dance of the Sugar Pi Fairy Video.

2nd grader, Trea, at Sunset created a Pi Collage.

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This Paddock Road student painted her nails with the digits of Pi.  How cool is that?!

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Do you believe you’ve earned the Pi Badge?  There’s still a few days left (Pi Day is on Monday, 3-14).  If you believe you’ve earned the Pi Badge, contact the EY coordinator at your building and a badge will be delivered.