Empower your child to sharpen their multiplication, division, and measurement skills, and better understand decimals and fractions, with these instructional resources ideal for at-home learning.
Activity 1: Food in Space
Multiplication and division are used every day in real-world situations.
Astronauts on a space shuttle must carry with them all the food and water they need while in space. People who plan the missions use multiplication to calculate how many pounds or gallons of different supplies the astronauts will need.
Space exploration would not be possible without an understanding of place value and operations with whole numbers.
Use the Important Facts below to complete the lesson.
- Length of trip to Mars: 6 months
- Length of stay on Mars: 6 months
- Length of return trip to Earth: 6 months
- Number of astronauts: 6
- 2 cups of water weigh 1 pound
- 1 month equals about 30 days (on average)
- Each astronaut needs 10 cups of water and 4 pounds of food each day.
Check answers against the answer sheet.
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