The following was taken from: Math at Hand, A Parent’s Guide
Ways to help at Home: Bringing Math into Everyday Life
What kinds of questions should you be asking?
1. How can we measure 2 ½ cups of flour?
2. This recipe makes two-dozen cookies. How many cookies is that?
3. We need a tablespoon of salt, but the measuring spoon is dirty. How else can I measure the same amount?
Reading the Newspaper
1. What type of graph is this? What does the graph tell you?
2. This ad shows some items on sale for 40% off. Do you need to pay more or less than ½ of the original price?
3. This headline says that there are 4.5 million people in our city. Is that more or less than 45 million?
4. What do you think tomorrow’s temperature will be?
1. I need two cups of tomato sauce. Will this 15-ounce can of tomato sauce be enough?
2. How much do you think these bananas weigh?
3. Which eggs are the least expensive?
4. This package of cheese weighs 0.65 (sixty-five hundredths of a) pound. Is that more or less than ¾ of a pound?