Monday, August 25, 2008

Math Monday: New York State

The New York State Fair opened this past Thursday and will run through September 2nd. In honor of the state fair, I have chosen to study New York state this week.

The Erie Canal is a manmade waterway that connects the Hudson River (which connects to the Atlantic Ocean) to Lake Erie. Governor Dewitt Clinton broke ground for the canal in 1817 and it was completed in 1825. How many years did it take for the canal to be completed? How old is the Erie Canal today?

This October, the Colonial Belle, will be offering Fall Foliage boat cruises down the Erie Canal. The cruise will leave Pittsford, NY at 12:30PM and returning at 4:30PM. How much time will the tour take? (You can also use this to have the child show time on a clock)

The Maid of the Mist is a boat that takes visitors up to the base of Niagara Falls for an up close look at the roaring waterfalls. An adult ticket costs $12.50 each, children's tickets for ages 6-12 years of age cost $7.50 each, and children 5 years old and younger are free. How much money would you need to take your family on the Maid of the Mist?

New York is known for its tasty apples. Ask several people their favorite way to eat apples (fresh, applesauce, apple juice, baked, pie, etc) and make a bar graph (or pictograph) showing the results.

Use measuring skills to make an apple recipe. Here is one for Taffy Apple Salad

There are 2000 miles of hiking trails in the Adirondack Mountains. If you hike 10 miles a day, how many days would you need to hike to hike all of the trails?

1 comment:

Jen said...

This is full of great ideas. Thank you so much for it. I will put a link on my blog for others to see.