Okay, it’s true: the Mayflower is generally a social studies topic, not a math one. But if you’ve got an elementary school math maven, we think the historical record also contains some great opportunities for number practice!
Here’s an activity to pull out for Thanksgiving, as everyone talks about the history of the holiday. You’ll notice that some questions are much easier than others, and that’s on purpose. We think that sixth graders should be able to handle the whole thing; but younger kids may also be able to do parts (and feel very proud of themselves in the process!). Of course, parents, you’re also welcome to “hop on board” as well!
What You Need:
- “Mayflower Math” worksheet (download here)
- Scratch paper for working out the problems (Psst: parents, you may be tempted to use a calculator, but we recommend some old fashioned pencil and paper figuring to help kids reinforce the math behind their answers.)