Things to do around the house
1. Write your own classified ad and then calculate the cost of the ad using the prices listed in the newspaper.
2. Collect the length of all commercials during a 30 minute tv show. Order the length of the commercials from least to greatest. Find the range(big minus small), mode(most common length), median(middle length), and mean(average of all the times).
3. Estimate the monthly payments for a new car. Do 36 and 48 months. Use the car ads in the newspaper for car prices.
4. Estimate the area of a room or wall and then measure to find out how close your estimate was.
5. Listen to the evening news and figure out what was in the newscast that required the use of mathematics.
6. Record and graph the temperature at the same time each day for a week.
7. Look up distances from your house to the cities of friends and relatives. Use a bar graph to show who lives closest and who lives farthest away.
8. Start a scrapbook of things you find in newspapers, magazines or anything in print that show how math is used.
9. Practice dividing money amounts. Have mom or dad make up amount of money they pay for mortgage or rent each month. Calculate the rent or mortgage by the number of people in the household. How much does it cost for 1 person in your house for rent or mortgage?
10. Almost the same as above, but do it for the car payment or groceries. You calculate the cost of clothing, entertainment, gasoline, etc. for each person in your house for the month or for a week.
11. Draw a floor plan of your bedroom to scale. One foot of your room can equal one inch on your floor plan. Measure your furniture and make cardboard replicas that are to scale. Now you can figure out how many different ways you can rearrange your room. You just have to move the furniture pieces around the floor plan until you find the one you want. Dont forget to include doors and windows on your floor plan.
12. Estimate the weight of your familys weekly laundry. Write down your estimate. Stand on the scale and weigh yourself. Now, stand on the scale with the laundry. Figure out how much more you weigh with the laundry than without it and this will tell you how much the laundry weighs. You can do this with any other object in your house too.
13. Create a blueprint or draw up a plan for something you would like to make or build. Figure out the supplies you need and create a shopping list. Build or make your project. How close were you to your plan? Did you have any problems? Did you buy enough stuff? What did you do wrong? What did you do that was right?
14. Open a school store, a grocery store, or a department store for a younger brother or sister (or even a younger neighbor). Make up fake money and label everything with a price. You could have mom or dad run the register and you could be a shoppers assistant for the younger person.
15. What shoe size do you wear? If you wear a size 6 for example, why is it that there isnt anything about your shoe that has to do with the number 6. Research how shoe sizes were assigned. Hint: It started in the 1300s and it had to do with something that farmers grew
16. Create curreny for a new country.
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