Computer Lab Activities
Rain Forests: A Math Hunt Activity
Students discover what’s inside the rain forest by using their research skills working with ratios and unit conversions to answer five questions related to this fertile ecosystem.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
In “Rain Forest” (grades 5–8), students go on an online fact-finding mission to answer five multiple-choice, math-related questions about this fertile ecosystem.
At the rate of deforestation shown between 2001 and 2002, how long would it take for Brazil's rain forest to lose a Texas-sized portion of its land? HINT: Texas is 260,000 square miles.
- 37.1 years
- 28.9 years
- 288.8 years
In addition to challenging students’ reading comprehension skills, Rainforest tests these “math hunting” skills:
- Converting Units of Measurement
- Decimals and Percentages
- Multiplication and Division
- Ratio and Proportion
- Scientific Notation
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