Monday, September 8, 2008

Math Monday: Families

Yesterday, was Grandparent's Day, so this week we will study families.

Draw pictures of clocks showing the times certain events occur in your family. Include the time mom/dad leave/come home for work, meal times, bed times, activities, etc

Make a bar graph showing the "size" (# of people) in the ouseholds of your extended family (aunts/uncles, grandparents, older siblings, step-families, etc)

Measure how tall each member of your family is. If you need extra practice, measure everyone's foot/thumb/arm, etc. Older kids can also lern how to convert inches to centimeters (# of inches times 2.54=centimeters).

Make (also helps measuring skills) a pizza, pie or casserole and divide it into equal sized pieces according to your family size. For example, if there are 6 people, divide the pizza into 6 even pieces.

Word Problems
Add up the number of children each of your aunts and uncles have. That is how many cousins you have. Now add just the children of your mother's siblings (brothers and sisters) and the number of children your mother has and you will find the number of grandchildren your mother's parents have. Do the same thing with your father's siblings to find out how many grandparent's his parents have. (When presenting this problem, it is probably easier to use the names that your children use to refer to their aunts and uncles and grandparents. For example add up the children Aunt Sue has and the children Uncle John, now add in you and your siblings. That is how many grandchildren Nana and Papa have)

If Kevin is 12 years old and his younger brother, Michael is 7 years old, how many years older is Kevin than Michael?

If Katrina is 5 feet tall and her daughter, Chantelle, is 2 feet tall, how many feet shorter is Chantelle? (for older kids use feet and inches in the heights)

Calendar Skills(and more graphing)
Get a calendar for the upcoming year. Mark down all the birthdays in your household (older kids can add cousins/aunts/uncles/etc) on the right day. Find out what day of the week each birthday will be and make a bar graph to show what you have learned.

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