These photos are from our Crazy 8s Math Club – Winter 2016.
We had a wild time and learned a lot! We hope you enjoy our pictures.
Crazy 8’s Math Club: Bouncy Dice Explosions!
What's the probability that you will roll a certain number on a die?
What are the chances if I throw all of the dice up they will stay on the ceiling? 0%! It won't happen!
What are the chances the dice will all fall back on the floor? 100%!
What are the chances one will land right on someone's head? Hmmmm? There is a chance.
Let's find out what the chances are of rolling a certain number on the dice. Here come the dice!
All of the students with the same number on their die group together.
We write down how many students are in each group.
Here come the dice again!
We write again! We do it all one more time.
Then we see how many times each number was rolled.
Each number came up about the same number of times. So the probability of rolling a certain number is 1 in 6.
Then we pair up to learn to play Dice Wars! We roll a pair of dice and add the numbers up.
The player who rolls the highest number wins a sticker on his or her card.
This is a lot of counting and adding...
...but everyone likes this game!
We get to take dice home today so we can have more fun with math at home!
Crazy 8’s Math Club: Zip Line Zoo
Welcome to the Zip Line Zoo!
Safety First! Everyone needs a harness.
Ms. Karen explains how the zip line will move up during the session.
We learned how the slope of the zip line will change and we made some predictions.
Everyone tries the two foot zip line.
Some animals are pretty fast.
Our trusty recorder writes down our times.
Panda isn't sure he wants to do this, but after a good luck hug...
Now we all try the four foot zip line.
We even try a six foot zip line!
We carefully record all our times.
Then we huddle to see which times were fastest.
But wait! The other team is still zipping and recording.
So we try some team zipping!
Wow! The other team has some good numbers.
We write down all of the times.
We subtract to see how much faster the fastest numbers were.
All of those numbers can tire a girl out!
But it was still LOTS of fun!
Crazy 8’s Math Club: Spy Training
The Master Spy awaits the math club.
Are you here to learn to be a spy?
First we learn a simple code called pigpen code.
Using one of our spy's names, we code it into pigpen code.
Now that everyone knows what do it, let's try it ourselves.
We can decode a secret message.
We can even create our own secret message in code.
The Master Spy observes a trainee.
Everyone gets the hang of this code.
Some of our spies create really tough messages.
A new code! WAIT! Some of the information is missing!
First we have to use patterning to figure out the missing information.
Then we get started on our new code.
Whoa! All our words are different!
We need teamwork to figure this out.
Aha! It's a mystery trail!
We've found our second set of messages to decode!
We start decoding our newest message.
Our code cracking team makes sense of the message.
Very tricky! We find the last set of clues behind the clock!
These spies are really observant!
Hmmm, this message is a tough one!
We got it! We found a secret package!
...to become a super observant spy!
One last job: can you create a code for a number using letters?
The telephone code is cool!
This spy tests his code on the Master Spy!
We all created a cool coded number.
Spy training was super, cool math!
Watch out, world! We are number-expert, mystery-cracking spies!
Crazy 8’s Math Club: Toilet Paper Olympics
The banner welcomes us...
...to the Toilet Paper Olympics!
We each got one square of toilet paper.
We used our tape measurers to check the size.
Each square was 4 inches.
Ms. Karen helped us figure out that there were 3 squares in 1 foot.
Our first event: The Standing Long Jump!
Then we counted the number of toilet paper squares in each jump.
Our trusty helpers recorded our numbers.
Then we figured out how many feet each person jumped.
Our jumps ranged from 4 feet 4 inches to 6 feet!
The next event: The Toilet Paper Shot Put.
then we counted and figured out our longest throw was 19 feet!
Our last event: The Toilet Paper Relay.
Each team rolled out an entire roll of toilet paper!
This took a lot of rolling,
We did the math to figure out how much toilet paper was on each roll.
60 toilet paper squares long x 8 rows of paper.
480 squares x 4 inches = 1,920 inches or 160 feet!
Just for fun, we ended with a Mummy Relay!
Our mummies prepare to get wrapped.
Wrapping a mummy takes teamwork...
It helps to keep a good sense of humor!
Our mummies are looking good!
WOW...a Toilet Paper Olympics make an olympic-sized mess!
Good think our olympians are great helpers!
Who knew there was so much math in a roll of toilet paper!
Crazy 8’s Math Club: The Time of Your Life
We divided into two teams and used out birthdays...
...to put our team in order from January to December. We did it!
Then we made giant clocks on the floor and took turns being the minute hand and the hour hand.
We used teamwork to set the clock to 4 o'clock.
10 o'clock was tricky, but we did it!
Our last activity involve estimating seconds with some students as "stop watchers"...
...and some students as "movers." Which group estimated 20 seconds more accurately?
Last of all, we estimated how long it would take to pass a high-five around the circle. Can you guess?
Crazy 8’s Math Club: Let’s Get Loud!
Could there really be math in straws?
We can make sound with them.
The sound changes if we cover the bottom of the straw.
The pitch changes if we move the straw up & down in water while we blow.
Different length straws have different pitch. The longer the straw, the lower the sound!
Everyone checks out the different pitches.
Then we tape the ends of the straws.
We make sure no air can get out.
We ordered our straws by length.
Everyone worked carefully.
Taping the straws together was tricky!
How cool are these pan pipes?!
...and each straw has a different pitch.
Sound is measured in decibels. Let's use a sound meter to see how loud our pan pipes are.
Wow! 87 decibels! That's pretty loud!
How softly can we play? 30 decibels...that's 57 decibels lower!
Maybe our voices can make the sound meter go higher.
90 decibels! That's really loud!
The grown ups helped us, but we couldn't reach 100 deicbels. That doesn't mean we weren't really loud!
Crazy 8’s Math Club: Glow in the Dark Geometry
Who knows a shape with 3 sides?
Who can build a shape with 4 sides?
Look how many different ways we did it!
How about shapes with more than 4 sides?
Can you make 2 triangles with 5 sticks?
Let's work together to make repeating patterns of squares.
Math teams are hard at work.
How about repeating triangles?
Cool repeating triangles! We can count them, too!
WOW...a different way to make repeating triangles!
We're working together...
...to use all of the sticks...
...to make a giant pattern of repeating triangles!
How cool is that! Can you count how many triangles we made?
Wave your glowsticks if you think math is fun!