The Fourth of July

When most of us think of the Fourth of July, we think of fireworks!  Over the years, fireworks have become more and more elaborate.  However, this is also the time of year when safety agencies are concerned about the improper use of fireworks and the possible injuries that can occur.  Fireworks are safer now than they used to be but can still cause very serious injuries. In 1990, there were 17.8 injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks.

Yard Work

Stephen spent this past weekend helping his mother get some yard work done. His first project was to build a rectangular planter with the exterior dimensions of 6 inches by 12 inches by 18 inches. He originally planned to use wood that was 1 inch thick. However, he mistakenly bought wood that was 2 inches thick.

A Tribute to Flag Day

Yesterday, Sunday, June 14th, the United States celebrated Flag Day. If you check out the many websites devoted to Flag Day, you are sure to learn a lot about the history of the holiday and the history of the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner.

St. Patrick's Day

Riley sees a rainbow with ends that appear to touch the ground 1 mile apart and reaches a maximum height of 0.5 miles above the ground. If the rainbow is an arc of a circle, how many degrees is the arc that Riley sees?

First, let's draw a diagram: 

Pi Day!

Saturday is Pi Day! For all of the following calculations, use 3.14 for pi.

In honor of Pi Day, Wilma’s class is having a pie party. Wilma brought in her favorite kind of pie - apple.  When she cuts her slice of pie it has a central angle of 60 degrees.  If the diameter of the pie was 10 inches, what is the area of Wilma’s slice of pie? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

First, find the area of the whole pie.

It's a New Year!

Now that 2020 is finally here, let’s see what we can do with this new number! 

If the perimeter of a particular square is 2020 inches, what is the area of the square, in square inches?  Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest hundredth.

Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation

In preparation for Thanksgiving dinner, Mrs. Cobble decided to get a new tablecloth for the dining room table.  Her rectangular table measures 3.5 feet by 6 feet, and she would like the tablecloth to hang exactly 9 inches over each side.  What is the area, in square feet, of the ideal tablecloth for Mrs. Cobble?

A Salute to the Flag

In honor of Veteran’s Day, people around the country are flying American flags. For many people, finding flags to buy in stores was next to impossible due to the great demand.  Therefore, many of us got creative, and started making our own handmade flags out of paper, pins, construction paper, fabric, etc.

Fall vs. Autumn

As the weather is turning cooler and daylight is arriving later in the morning and trees are starting to lose their leaves, many of us are noticing that summer is over and we’re well into fall.  Or is it autumn?  Mr. Kravis surveyed his class, and out of 28 students (with every student picking exactly one of the two options), the ratio of the number of students who called the season “fall” to the number of students who called the season “autumn” was 3:1.  How many students called the season “fall?”