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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alpaca 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.
Figure 6. Lexington and Remington are checking Aggie out.
These questions follow the report  Flat Aggie Visits Two Chicks Alpaca Farm.

1. There are 23 alpacas on the farm.  Each alpaca gets 1 cup of feed each morning.  How much feed does it take to feed the alpacas 2 days?

2.  If they harvest 7 pounds of fleece from each alpaca, how many pounds of fleece total will they harvest from the 23 alpacas?

3.  All the fleece will fit in 2 garbage bags.  How many pounds of fleece would be in each bag?

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.

1.)  46 cups  2.) 161 pounds  3.) 80.5 pounds

-A Kansas Farm Mom