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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Goat Farmer Math

In an effort to make math more interesting for kids and to make my kids understand that math really is important, I have started a series of Farmer Math questions to go along with the Flat Aggie reports.  These are patterned after the blog Bedtime Math.  Some of the questions are easy enough for pre-schoolers and sometimes I come up with some to even challenge high school seniors.

These questions follow the report Flat Aggie's Trip to SoCal.  Additional educational materials can be found in the post All About Goats.

1. When Flat Aggie arrived at the Nadadrop Ranch, 3 mama goats (called does) had each just given birth to 3 baby goats (called kids).  How many kids were born just before Flat Aggie arrived?

2.  While Flat Aggie stayed at the Nadadrop Ranch, 12 does gave birth to 3 kids each.  How many kids were born while Flat Aggie was at the Nadadrop Ranch?

3.  If the ranch has 50 does and 23 of them had given birth when Flat Aggie left, how many does are left to have kids?

4.  If the ranch has 50 does and 23 of them have kidded, what percentage are left to have kids?

5.  If the ranch has 50 does and 1 of them does not have kids, what percentage had kids in all?

1.) 9 kids  2.) 36 kids  3.) 27 does 4.) 54%  5.) 98%

If you are a teacher or homeschooler that would like more information to go with the Flat Aggie reports, send me a message on my contact form.  Along with the report and the Farmer Math questions, we send each teacher an additional page of activities, crossword puzzles and sometimes a few hands on activities.

-A Kansas Farm Mom

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