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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Beef Cow Farmer Math

In an effort to make math more interesting for kids and to make my kids understand that math really is important.  Farmer Math questions go along with the Flat Aggie reports or can be used separately.  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.
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These questions follow the report  Farm Visit From a Friend.  Additional educational materials can be found in the post All About Beef.
You can also find more Beef Farmer Math Problems.
1.  A cow's maternity pen measures 12 feet by 12 feet.   What is the perimeter of the pen? 

2. What is the area of the pen?

3.  Each cow consumes 3 ounces of mineral per day.  How much mineral would 50 cows consume per day?  How many pounds of mineral would they eat per week rounded to the nearest whole number?

4.  A calf's normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees F.  If a calf is born when it is 9 degrees outside, what is the temperature difference?

5.  If a farmer has 65 cows and 3 of them have twins, what percent of the cows gave birth to twins?  (Round to the nearest tenth.)

ANSWERS:  1A.) 48 feet   2.)  144 square feet  3.) 150 ounces  3B.)  66 pounds  4.) 92.5 degrees  5.)  4.6%

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