May Theme: Math in Reading
“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” Tomie dePaola’s quote illustrates that reading develops the mind, fosters the imagination, and allows us to discover new things. Learning math and reading actually go hand-in-hand because they both develop the mind. The brain is like a muscle that needs exercise to grow, and both reading and math help the mind grow.
Dig deeper into math and reading with videos, games, and activities you can do at home to strengthen your math and reading skills. Check out the calendar of events for more educational opportunities happening this month near you!
Topic: Estimating is “An About”
Little did you know, you estimate all day long!
- When will dinner be ready?
- How long will it take to get to work or school?
- How far is it to the movies?
- How much will the groceries cost?
- How many people will be at the party?
An estimation is an educated guess based on your knowledge and experience. Estimates can help you with spending, time management, planning, or to sooth an impatient child. (Are we there yet?) Take a look at these Estimation opportunities you can engage in with your child.
Try it! Estimations
Being able to estimate money is important to make sure you’ll have enough or to make sure you have be charged correctly.
You need to buy 22 cupcakes for the class party. The store sell cupcakes in packages of 6. Each package is $3.49.
This example has lots of math, but is a common situation. Can you estimate how much you’ll need to buy your cupcakes?
Time is another measurement we estimate all day/week/year long.
- How long does it take to cook dinner? Depending on the meal, your estimate will help decide when to start.
- How long does it take you to get ready for school or work in the morning? Your estimate will determine when you need to wake up.
- How long will it take to drive to Denver for the weekend? This estimate will include, speed, weather/traffic conditions and how many time you need a pit stop.
Ask your kids to help you estimate time. “How long do you think it will take us to get to school?” When you arrive talk about how the estimate rates up against the actual time. This is how we get better at estimating.
Being able to look at a group of items and estimate how many, is a common skill.
- How many people do you think are at the party?
- How many candies do you have?
- How many burgers do we need to make?
This estimation skill is all about the about.
How long is a foot? Well whose foot? Usually a foot means 12 inches. Do you estimate in feet and inches? How about longer lengths. “It’s a couple football fields away.”
How much does it weigh? Few people can tell you what one pound feels like. But what if you say “It weighs as much as a book.” This is in fact an estimate of weight. How do you explain how much things weigh?
Math in Reading Events
NM Science Fiesta
A week-long celebration of science.
May 14–19, 2018
In partnership with Air Force Research Lab, STEM-NM and Explora, host events the week of May 14–19.
Go to NM Science Fiesta for all the events and details.
Math in Reading Activities
Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school, and medical libraries.
Academic librarians assist students, faculty, and staff in colleges and universities. They help students research topics related to their coursework and teach students how to access information. They also assist faculty and staff in locating resources related to their research projects or studies. Some campuses have multiple libraries, and librarians may specialize in a particular subject.
Public librarians work in their communities to serve all members of the public. They help patrons find books to read for pleasure; conduct research for schoolwork, business, or personal interest; and learn how to access the library’s resources. Many public librarians plan programs for users, such as story time for children, book clubs, or other educational activities.
School librarians, sometimes called school media specialists, work in elementary, middle, and high school libraries, and teach students how to use library resources. They also help teachers develop lesson plans and find materials for classroom instruction.
Special librarians work in settings other than school or public libraries. They are sometimes called information professionals. Law firms, hospitals, businesses, museums, government agencies, and many other groups have their own libraries that use special librarians. The main purpose of these libraries and information centers is to serve the information needs of the organization that houses the library. Therefore, special librarians collect and organize materials focused on those subjects. The following are examples of special librarians: Corporate librarians, Government librarians, Law librarians, and Medical librarians.
Learn how these professionals use math in their careers:
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12 Months of Math, a project of STEM-NM, is a city-wide initiative designed to explore and celebrate math’s importance to our community and in our lives. 12 Months of Math will provide community-based, culturally-relevant, multilingual family math programs for the public. Each month of math will focus on a selected theme and will provide math activities in a real-world context, supported by local business and organizations whose work relates to the month’s theme. 12 Months of Math brings together the varied expertise of partner organizations and coordinates efforts to bring about significant improvement in children’s math outcomes.
STEM-NM is New Mexico’s nationally-designated STEM Learning Ecosystem, working to increase the prosperity of our community by engaging students and preparing them for jobs in our local science, technology, and health care sectors.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1744541. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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