Math

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.  This skill have been removed from the elementary curriculum by the Common Core, but for me, it’s still a great way to review the basic operations and it’s pretty essential to understand some of the data that comes out of …

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 …

Mini-Musher Banquet

I didn’t even really get to say goodbye to my students or my co-teachers… The last day I was meant to be at my school there ended up being snow day! That day was also supposed to be the day of our big “Musher Banquet” so, now that the kids are back in school after …

Money, Money, Money!

Rule Number 11 deals with the race purse: Rule 11 — Purse: A purse of $650,000 will be shared among those placing in the top thirty (30). Every effort will be made to supplement this baseline purse. In addition, beginning with 31st  place, $1,049.00 will be paid to each remaining finisher. But of course the …

What’s Your Angle?

What do you call an angle that is adorable? Acute angle! This week we are all about angles in math class! This is a new skill for us… it appears in the new version of our math book, and is something we haven’t taught before. So, I started by thinking of where on earth I …

Dog Yard Dilemma

This week we are focused on calculating area and perimeter… and what better tool to do that with then dog yards! This week the students are presented with a scenario where they have been sponsored by a local fencing company who offers them fencing for their dog yard.  Instead of traditional sled dog yards, the …

Idita-Math!

This week we began our huge Iditarod Math Unit!  From now until Spring Break in mid-March we will be focusing on the Iditarod as a way to get some much needed math skills taught in a fun and interesting way!  For obvious reasons, it’s my favorite math unit of the year!  My favorite student comment …