Community Math Trail

Community Math Trail
Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:11 AM.

Do you know how wide a sidewalk is? How about how wide and how long a parking space is? Have you ever considered how tall a fire hydrant is or how wide a soda machine is? Don’t worry. It’s been taken care of.

On April 2, the students in Mr. Brown’s class at Wewahitchka Elementary School took to the streets of Wewahitchka to see how the town “measured up.” The students were divided into teams of two and were supplied with their own measuring tape and clip board. During the three-hour walk, they took the time to observe many examples of nature’s beauty that most of us take for granted. From being serenaded by a few happy birds to speaking with some friendly neighbors about their beautiful house and yard, the students enjoyed the time away from the classroom.

The mission of the fieldtrip was to measure a few common items around the community. In the classroom, talking about measurement concepts and then doing worksheets can get a little boring. Being able to use what you have learned is a better tool to judge a student than any worksheet will ever be. The last stop on the Community Math Trail was the local Subway. Are the Subway sandwiches really a “foot long?” To find out this answer as well as answers to the earlier items that were measured, stop by Mr. Brown’s classroom and talk to his special group of children.

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