Computer Lab Activities
Early America: A Math Hunt Activity
Hold on to your tentacles — we're going back in time. From Columbus to the founding of America, we'll track down facts about our forefathers to solve historic math problems.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
In Early America (grades 5–8),students must answer five multiple-choice, math-related questions about America’s history, from the days of Columbus to Betsy Ross and beyond. To help figure out the answers, students must do a little online research first.
How many years passed before the number of stars (states) doubled?
- 61 years
- 39 years
- 141 years
In addition to challenging students’ reading comprehension skills, “Early America" tests these “math hunting” skills:
- Addition and Subtraction
- Decimals and Percentages
- Fractions: Multiplication with Fractions
- Ratio and Proportion
By participating in Math Hunt, students will:
- Practice problem-solving skills from the grade 5–8 math curriculum
- Explore topics from the grades 5–8 science and social studies curriculum
- Learn basic Internet research skills
- Develop an understanding of the construction of standardized test questions and multiple-choice answers