Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day and Math

Earth Day 2010 is on April 22 and it also happens to fall during Math Awareness Month. So, how can you have fun with math on Earth Day? At Exploramania, we like to teach people that math is everywhere in your daily activities.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? If you are planting trees, collecting trash, or measuring the temperature, math can be incorporated into all of these activities and more. When planting trees or flowers, you can count the seeds, measure how deep the hole is that you dig to plant a tree, measure the amount of water that you pour on the plant, etc.

When collecting trash you can count the total number of trash bags collected, the weight of all the trash collected, and how much trash would be collected if 1000 more people across the country collected the same amount of trash.

When collecting newspapers for recycling, you can measure how many inches of paper was collected. How many pages of paper are in an inch then estimate in a foot or a mile?

Now back to climate change, you can measure what the temperature is in the morning on Earth Day where you live and what the high is. What was the change in temperature for that day in Fahrenheit? In Celsius? Chart the high and lows for a week and get the average high and low for your location for a week startign on Earth Day. Compare to other cities around the country. Maybe family or friends in other cities can track the same measurements and you can compare which are greater or lower. Or check out the high and low temps in other cities online.

There are so many fun ways to incorporate Math into your Earth Day activities including using the award-winning and super-fun Gymathtics DVD.

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