Activity 1: How to Write Checks
It seems a bit dated, but there are circumstances when you still will need to write a check. And it just so happens that having a good understanding of place value and writing numbers into words is actually important!
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Practice writing checks.
Activity 2: Place Value
Not everyone likes to work with really specific numbers. In fact, often times people just want a “ball park estimate,” in which case we have to rely on what’s called rounding.
The gist of it:
- Pick a place value that you’re most interested in
- Look at the previous digit
-If that previous digit is 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4, keep the digit in your interesting place the same
-If that previous digit is 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9, change that interesting digit into the next higher digit.
- Turn everything after the interesting place value into zeros.
If that rundown isn’t working for you, check out what Khan Academy has to say about it.
Now with a partner, challenge each other with numbers to round up or down.
Activity 3: Multiplication and Division with Cards
With a partner or team, work through the Stroll Down Memory Lane activity in your workbook.
Activity 4: Refresh and Practice Multiplication and Division!
Do you feel like you need some help refreshing on multiplying and dividing whole numbers? If so, check out Khan Academy.
Then work together the complete the following additional practice activities. These are free but you have to sign up:
Multiplication Blocks! – There will be a “Target Number” at the top right of the screen. You need to click on as many blocks as you want that will multiply together to get the target number. The goal is to click on all of the blocks before time runs out!
Multiplication Boxes! – Do you like sudoku puzzles? Well here’s something similar, but with multiplication (but not nearly as hard as kukuro puzzles!)
Slot Machine! – For this one in particular, think about some tricks to get these answers easily
Basic Division Problem Game – A very straightforward “what is this divided by that” game that gives immediate feedback.
Visual Person? Try this!
Do you consider yourself more of a visual person? Here’s a crazy alternative method to multiplying whole numbers. This is especially handy if you never particularly liked the method we learned back in grade school.
Activity 5: Averages
We’re inundated with averages all of the time, just type into Google and scroll down a little bit.But what exactly does that mean? It comes from a set of data, so it could be the ages of everyone at your job, the heights of everyone in your family, or the number of Pokemon cards the kids in your neighborhood have. The term average is interchangeable with the word mean (you might remember that from school, along with median and mode).
Use your workbook to work through averages with a partner.
Then challenge each other by making a list of numbers and asking the other person to find the average.
Activity 6: Word Problems!!
That can be an intimidating title. Many people have bad memories about math word problems, and it usually involves trains or just plain silly arbitrary stuff. The key is looking for key words in the problem. Remember those bold words for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing?
Using the Word Problem Worksheet Generator!, challenge a partner to make up word problems and then solve each others. The Generator will basically lets you build a worksheet, easy, medium or hard and 5, 10 or 15 problems. You can even have it print the answers for you! So go and build yourself some worksheets, and have it print those answers for you. Your job is to figure out how they got those answers!
Now that you have refreshed your memory on basic math, you are ready to tackle the task for this module. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help:
- Go to the Internet and search for county fairs to get some ideas about how they have been designed.
- On your graph paper decide what 1 square will equal. Remember you need to represent about 20 acres. Each acre is 660 feet by 66 feet. An acre is also equal to 43560 square feet. That is what you would get if you multiplied 660 x 66. To figure this out:
- Make a large rectangle on the graph paper you can then count the squares across and divide that number into 43,560. This will tell you how much each square equals.
- Now mark on your graph how many feet each square equals.
- Draw an outline of the outside of the 20 acres.
- Now you will need to decide where you would like to put the following events. You might want to move them later but this will help you get an idea of how to use the space you have. Draw an outline around each space and label it.
- Food Concessions
- Carnival Rides
- Animal pens and judging
- Craft and event shelters