A-MAY-ZING!!

So here is how this will work…. on the FIRST Wednesday of every month (today is the first one!!!) all four of us will create a blog post about how we have RECENTLY used math in our real life – not just counting or time…. but topics that your kiddos will be able to relate to at various level of upper elementary and middle school. Then at the bottom of all four of our blogs we will have a link-up that will sync between all four blogs. This means you link up to one of us and it will be visible on all 4 blogs!

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Before picture |

Before picture |

Before picture |

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Before picture |

The fence we chose |

The patio design we chose |

Anyhoo…. After Matt came out and we signed all the paper work and got HOA approval (UGH, right?) we began the process. First, there was the need to find the stakes so that we could guarantee we were on our property. Matt just happened to have a handy metal detector in his car. He went to work and flagged out the entire yard. Then we had to talk about where we wanted to place the gate. As we were not putting in a walk way, we opted for the aesthetic balance of placing the fence in the middle of fence on the side yard. At that point Matt measured the side yard and decided how many posts he needed and how many sections he would need. Thankfully the yard measurements worked out very nicely (thank you Mr. Builder?!) and we were able to have a very even number of posts without having to split anything in a weird place. One weird piece about our yard is the pre-existing privacy fence that we are not allowed to move (again, thank you HOA…) so our “perimeter” fence was more of a 3 sided fence. After all the measurements had been taken, Matt drew out a sketch and we okayed the layout and again, got HOA approval.

Here Matt was able to sketch out the yard and all the figures needed to design the yard. |

The patio guys arrive! Wow that’s a TON of gravel! |

finished patio (and very dead grass… it was 95 degrees that day!) |

Dozer checking out the new patio. For days after it was put down, he would make sure to walk across it every time we went out back to use the bathroom. |

A close up of the design. It started raining as I was taking the pic so the pattern is covered in rain speckles! |

Fixing the privacy fence where Hurricane Sandy played with it like it was a see-saw |

3 hours…. 3 hours and the fence was up. By 9:30 the fence was up! That was an hour before they were even supposed to be at the house!!! |

Fence view from the deck. |

Fixed privacy fence and fence view. |

View over the patio of the new fence. |

My balanced gate on my symmetric fence! |

Dozer enjoying his new access to the backyard! |

And,….. his new favorite thing to do is ask to go outside so that he can lay in the grass in the sun for a few minutes of warmth and tanning! |

So, you may notice that I tried not to get super mathy with my descriptions. However, here are various math topics that related to our project this summer: scheduling , time management, measurement, perimeter, area, degrees of measure, patterns, balance, symmetry and budgeting.

Abbey Thurn

This is totally random, but my daughter saw your botton here and said, “This is the girl that I like. This is super duper cool!” She just turned 4, it was cute! I love this linky!

Abbey

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Jamie Riggs

Abbey, I am so excited to have a 4th grade future mathematician fan!! Thank you for sharing her adorable-ness with me!

Kim H

Love this idea! So glad to be able to be a part of it. Thanks!

Jamie Riggs

We are so glad to have you!!! Thank you so much for being apart of this linky!

Jennifer Smith-Sloane

So happy that Dozer love his new area! It was built for a king! Can’t wait to see what is next! š

Jennifer Smith-Sloane

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Jamie Riggs

Girl…. he is in L.O.V.E!

Fourth Grade Studio

So nice that students could see that area and perimeter are more than rectangles on graph paper! So happy about how your “little” project turned out!

Jamie Riggs

Thanks so much Meg! You are so right! SO often students only see “nice” figures such as rectangles. While the majority of my yard is rectangular, the yard actually ended up to be a decagon – surprisingly of the 10 “sides” only 3 of them had a fence added to it!

Lyn S

I don’t have a blog, so I thought I’d share here. I’m diabetic so I use math all the time. I need to calculate how many grams of carbs I’m eating at each meal, which often means looking at the serving size and multiplying or dividing from there. I often need to measure the food I’m about to eat with a scale or measuring cup.

When it’s a ‘mixed meal’ or large serving, like cheesecake or lasagna I need to add up the total carbs in all the ingredients then decide on a serving size and divide by the total # of servings in order to figure out the # of carbs per serving.

Recently, I needed to use the 1/3 measuring cup. The one cup was in the cabinet which meant the 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 were drying in the dish rack. They were all upside down so how could I figure out which cup to get without turning them all over to read the label? With my knowledge of fractions! I knew that 1/3 was in between 1/2 and 1/4 in size so I picked the medium-sized measuring cup.

Lots of math! The kids can easily relate to this because of cooking/eating, some children are diabetic/on a special diet, and just to tie it in with good nutrition (reading a food label, portion control) in general.

Thanks for this linky!

Jamie Riggs

Lyn! Thank you so much for sharing your math is real life experience here for everyone to read! Feel free to do that each month! What great examples you gave!