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7th Grade Math Challenge May 15, 2009

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1. Complete the following math books:

❑ Life of Fred: Fractions
❑ Life of Fred: Decimals & Percents
❑ Real Life Math Mysteries
2. Make 5 flip video camera movies showing how to play 5 different fun math games. Save and upload to the computer.

❑ Date: ________________ Game:_______________________

❑ Date: ________________ Game:_______________________

❑ Date: ________________ Game:_______________________

❑ Date: ________________ Game:_______________________

❑ Date: ________________ Game:_______________________

3. Play 1 math game per week with younger or older sibling.

Week: 1 ❑ 2 ❑ 3 ❑ 4 ❑ 5 ❑ 6 ❑ 7 ❑ 8 ❑ 9 ❑ 10 ❑ 11 ❑12 ❑ 13 ❑ 14 ❑ 15 ❑ 16 ❑ 17 ❑ 18 ❑ 19 ❑

20 ❑ 21 ❑ 22 ❑ 23 ❑ 24 ❑ 25 ❑ 26 ❑ 27 ❑ 28 ❑ 29 ❑ 30 ❑ 31 ❑ 32 ❑ 33 ❑ 34 ❑ 35 ❑

4. Teach younger sibling a math lesson 1x a week.

Week: 1 ❑ 2 ❑ 3 ❑ 4 ❑ 5 ❑ 6 ❑ 7 ❑ 8 ❑ 9 ❑ 10 ❑ 11 ❑12 ❑ 13 ❑ 14 ❑ 15 ❑ 16 ❑ 17 ❑ 18 ❑ 19 ❑

20 ❑ 21 ❑ 22 ❑ 23 ❑ 24 ❑ 25 ❑ 26 ❑ 27 ❑ 28 ❑ 29 ❑ 30 ❑ 31 ❑ 32 ❑ 33 ❑ 34 ❑ 35 ❑

5. Read about a famous mathematician. Read from at least two sources.

Date completed:

Name of mathematician:

6. Give an oral presentation of the famous mathematician you read about.

Date completed:

7. Read 4 living math books, approved first by mom.

❑ Date:________________Title:_____________________________________

❑ Date:________________Title:_____________________________________

❑ Date:________________Title:_____________________________________

❑ Date:________________Title:_____________________________________

8. Master your times tables up to 12×12. Set a goal to improve your speed and meet it.

My Goal: _____________________________________ Date mastered: _______________________

9. Set up Quickbooks to keep track of your business. Use it regularly with your business.

REWARD: When all these items are completed and passed off by mom, you will earn $20!

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6th Grade Math Challenge May 10, 2009

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1.  Complete units on the following topics: Do in any order, except that percentages comes after decimals and fractions, and word problems should be done last.

❑ Decimals
❑ Fractions
❑ Percentages
❑ Geometry
❑ Place Value
❑ Multiplying and Dividing (with 2 digit numbers and 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s.)
❑ Word Problems

2.  Create a fun math game.  Play it with someone.

Date completed:
Describe your game:

3.  Play 1 math game per week with older or younger sibling
Week:  1 ❑ 2 ❑ 3 ❑ 4 ❑ 5 ❑ 6 ❑ 7 ❑ 8 ❑ 9 ❑ 10 ❑ 11 ❑12 ❑ 13 ❑ 14 ❑ 15 ❑ 16 ❑ 17 ❑ 18  ❑ 19 ❑

20 ❑  21 ❑ 22 ❑ 23 ❑ 24 ❑ 25 ❑ 26 ❑ 27 ❑ 28 ❑ 29 ❑ 30 ❑ 31 ❑ 32 ❑ 33  ❑ 34 ❑ 35 ❑

4.  Teach younger sibling a math lesson 1x a week.
Week:  1 ❑ 2 ❑ 3 ❑ 4 ❑ 5 ❑ 6 ❑ 7 ❑ 8 ❑ 9 ❑ 10 ❑ 11 ❑12 ❑ 13 ❑ 14 ❑ 15 ❑ 16 ❑ 17 ❑ 18  ❑ 19 ❑

20 ❑  21 ❑ 22 ❑ 23 ❑ 24 ❑ 25 ❑ 26 ❑ 27 ❑ 28 ❑ 29 ❑ 30 ❑ 31 ❑ 32 ❑ 33  ❑ 34 ❑ 35 ❑

5.  Read about a famous mathematician.  Read from at least two sources.

Date completed:

Name of mathematician:

6.  Give an oral presentation of the famous mathematician you read about.

Date completed:

7.  Read these living math books:

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Tales by Malba Tahan

How to Count Like a Martian by Glory St. John

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares by Frank Murphy and Richard Walz

8.  Master your times tables up to 12×12.  Set a goal to improve your speed and meet it.

My Goal: _____________________________________    Date mastered: ________________________

9.  Create a 12×12 times table chart.  Find at least 6 patterns and list them here:

10.  Laminate your 12×12 times table chart.  Hang it in the kid’s bathroom.

11.  Estimate how much at least 15 items will cost at the store.  Do this five different times.

#1 Your guess_______________ Actual amount _________________

#2 Your guess_______________ Actual amount _________________

#3 Your guess_______________ Actual amount _________________

#4 Your guess_______________ Actual amount _________________

#5 Your guess_______________ Actual amount _________________

12.  On a trip, calculate the following before you leave.  Compare to actual numbers.  Do this 3 different times.

#1 Distance__________ miles __________kilometers / Cost to travel there _____________

Time to get there _______________ Actual time _____________

We went from __________________________ to __________________________

#2 Distance__________ miles __________kilometers / Cost to travel there _____________

Time to get there _______________ Actual time _____________

We went from __________________________ to __________________________

#2 Distance__________ miles __________kilometers / Cost to travel there _____________

Time to get there _______________ Actual time _____________

We went from __________________________ to __________________________

13.  Read 5 large numbers of mom’s choice.

Date completed: _____________________________________

14.  Plan a math games party.  Plan fun games and snacks.  Invite friends.

Date:_____________________________

Yearly Math Challenges May 1, 2009

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Sometimes it’s hard to remember to do all the fun stuff in math. We get stuck in our workbook rut, and then the kids start complaining… you know how it goes.

One fun thing that we’ve done is to create an math challenge award program for the year. Kids still are learning skills, but they also get to have fun stuff too.  Basically I create a check-off list for the whole year of things each child should accomplish in math, and if they do, they earn an award (or reward).   You can tailor this to your own child’s needs.  Sometimes for younger kids, I’ll just write in the back of their workbook what the reward will be when they finish the book, and play games with them during the week.  I make these math challenges mainly for the older kids.  Many of you wanted to see what this looks like, so I’ve posted some on this blog.

You can have your child help make the year challenge. When the challenge is complete, present your child with an award. It could be a certificate, a trophy (buy an old one at the thrift store and make a new name plate), cash, a toy, party or whatever you decide.  It might be fun to have something that could be earned yearly to place on a plaque.

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