Activities and Games, Computer Lab Activities
Women's History: A Math Hunt Activity
This learning activity, which requires some number-crunching and online research, features five questions on women who’ve shaped history.
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
In “Women’s History” (grades 5–8), an activity from Scholastic’s Math Hunt series, students must answer five multiple-choice, math-related questions about women’s history, from Marie Curie’s landmark research to a NASA astronaut’s endurance record, and beyond.
The questions require a bit of online research, reading comprehension skills, and these specific “math hunting” skills:
- Converting Units of Measurement: Converting Units of Time
- Geometry: Volume
- Ratio & Proportion
- Scientific Notation
Sample question: If it takes 3.5 Polish zloty to equal 1 U.S. dollar, what is the value in U.S. dollars of the Polish coin that bears Marie Curie’s likeness? (Hint: Round your answer to the nearest whole number.)
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