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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Farmer Math-Cattle and Corn

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 Maricle Family.

1.)  Flat Aggie helped load 3 semi trailers with cows and 1 trailer with calves.  How many semi trailers did Flat Aggie help load in all?

2.) Flat Aggie helped moved the cows and calves home in semi-trucks 75 miles.  If the trucks average 50 miles per hour, how long did it take for the cattle to arrive back home?

3.)  Cows can eat 3% of their body weight each day.  If the cows weigh 1200 pounds, how many pounds of feed can a cow eat in 24 hours?

4.)  Flat Aggie helped pick corn in a field that measured 1500 feet by 3600 feet.  How many acres did Flat Aggie help harvest?  (an acre is 43,560 square feet)

5.)  In the above field, Flat Aggie harvested 31,488 bushels of corn.  What is the average yield in bushels per acre for the field?  (Round to the nearest whole number)

1.) 4 trailers  2.)  1.5 hours  3.)  36 pounds  4.) 123.97 acres  5.)  254 bushels per acre

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.

You might also like: Cow and Soybean Farmer Math, Cattle Farmer Math, and Corn and Soybean Farmer Math.

-A Kansas Farm Mom

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