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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fish 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 Visits the Timpner Fish Farm.  Additional educational materials can be found in the post All About Aquaculture.
Visiting the baby fish or fingerlings.  These fish are 5 to 6 inches long.
1.  If the fish are 3 inches long when they arrive at the fish farm and are 13 inches long when they sell them, how many inches did the fish grow while they were at the fish farm?

2. If the water temperature is currently 38 degrees F, and the fish don't come out of hibernation until the water is 50 degrees, how many more degrees does the water need to warm up before the fish come out of hibernation?

3.  A truckload of fish contains 4000 pounds.  The farmer gets $4.25 per pound of fish.  How much did the farmer get for his truckload of fish?

4.  If it costs $2.00 per pound to raise the fish, how many dollars profit did the farmer get for the above truckload of fish?

5.  A fish cage measures 6 feet by 16 feet by 8 feet.  What is the total volume of the cage?

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.

ANSWERS:  1.) 10 inches  2.) 12 degrees 3.) $17000  4.) $9000  5.) 768 cubic feet

-A Kansas Farm Mom