Gifts That Give Back
Kids raise money to donate livestock for families in need
One of the best parts about the holidays is giving gifts—especially to people in need. For people in rural communities around the world, the perfect gift might be a sheep, a goat, or a flock of chicks. These can provide their owners with food to eat or products to sell.
Through organizations like Save the Children and Heifer International, students are contributing money toward these gifts. For example, through Heifer International, your class can buy a family a flock of female chicks for $20. Once the chicks grow into adult chickens, they’ll lay eggs. Families can use some of the eggs for food and sell the rest to earn money.
“It’s really about empowering communities to take care of themselves,” says Allison Stephens of Heifer International.
Find out more about the gifts these donations provide by modeling division problems.
WHAT TO DO
You can use place-value blocks or draw pictures to represent division problems.
Example: To buy ducks for a family, 4 classes make equal donations that total $60. How much does each class give?
→ Represent 60 using place-value blocks. Use 6 tens blocks. Because there are 4 classes, divide the 6 tens into 4 equal groups. (You will have blocks left over.)
→ Each group has one ten, with 2 tens left over.
→ Trade the 2 tens blocks left over for 20 ones.
→ Divide the ones into 4 equal groups. Each group gets 5. Add these to your equal groups of tens.
Answer: Each group has 15 blocks: Each class gives $15.
Use place-value blocks or draw models to answer these questions.