# Math

## Operations and Algebraic Thinking PLUS Number and Operations – Fractions, Grades 4 – 6

Iditarod Musher Jodi Bailey wrote a post in her kennel’s blog about the numbers in her drop bags for Iditarod. Drop bags are what mushers pack in advance of the race and send out to the race checkpoints so they have a supply of gear, dog food, and people food during the race. This post …

## Parky Symmetry

What is a parky?  A parky is quite simply,  the northern term for a parka.   In the Aleutian Islands the word simply means “animal skin”.  They are longer coats with a hood, usually lined with fur.  Most are decorated with lovely fabrics and decorative trim.  I remember seeing many parkys in the winter in Alaska, and wanting …

## Benny’s Flag

In Texas, we love our symbols.  The famous “Lone Star” is a symbol that is easily recognizable by just about anyone, young and old.  In our state social studies standards in fourth grade, we dig a little deeper into the symbolism and start to really understand our history and what those symbols we see and …

Kate Abernathy shared this activity she created for her 10th – 12th grade Probability and Statistics classes. You may never look at first place and red lantern winners quite the same way again! Grades 10-12 Probability and Statistics *The teachers who attended the 2015 Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers have returned to their classrooms renewed, …

## Finding Percentages with Cindy Abbott’s Budget

The 2015 Iditarod champion will win \$70,000 and a brand new Dodge pickup truck. The amount of money mushers will spend on training, dogs, food, entry fees, supplies, or anything associated with sled dog racing easily surpasses that amount. It’s apparent that dog mushers don’t get into the sport for money. These athletes are in …

## Celsius vs. Fahrenheit

Tomorrow will be a scorching 35° outside! How often have you heard a meteorologist utter these words? 35° can sound scorching if you’re from Norway or Sweden, but here in the United States it is actually quite chilly. 35° Celsius is approximately 95° Fahrenheit. The United States still measures temperature in Fahrenheit while many other …

## Scaling Up the Trail

Several years ago, we realized that we were never getting to the Geometry Unit that inevitably occurred at the end of the math book and therefore at the end of the school year. We decided to break up the unit into pieces and teach it periodically throughout the year. Inspired by the book Mathematical Art-O- …

## As the Trail Turns

Meanwhile Back at School: Rule Number 6 deals with timing on the race: Rule 6 — Race Timing: For elapsed time purposes, the race will be a common start event. Each musher’s total elapsed time will be calculated using 2:00 p.m., Sunday March 2, 2014, as the starting time. Teams will leave the start and …

## What’s an Average Leg?

Meanwhile Back at School:  This week we have been exploring mean, median, mode, and range.  It’s a great way to review the basic operations and it’s essential to understand some of the data that comes out of the Iditarod. So, this week we have been analyzing data galore.  We have calculated the mean, median, mode, …

## Game Day!

Meanwhile Back at School: We have been working really hard in math these days, so it’s time for a little fun challenge! Here are some Paw Print Sudoku puzzles for you to share with your kids! Depending on their level, you may want to draw the mini-grid lines in or have them draw them in …