Math on the Soccer Field

Measurements at the Soccer fieldThis week we took math outside.  In our Yellowstone unit study we read to stay 100 yards away from bears and 25 yards away from moose, elk, and other animals.  Just how far is 100 yards?

We took a yard stick, meter stick and measuring tape to the soccer field and measured 100 yards using the stick and the measuring tape.  Then we measured 25 yards and 25 meters to visualize the difference between meters and yards.

Is this really math?  The power of estimation is an essential skill.   Having a real world feel for numbers and being able to estimate makes it easier to spot calculation errors. Calculating a working estimate, while others are reaching for their calculator, can also help you appear smart.

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