On The Day that You Were Born…a Math Investigation

17 Sep

Today in Math I read the book, On The Day That You Were Born by Debra Frasier.  The book is about all the things going on in the world on the day the audience was born…there are many science concepts such as tides, astronomy, gravity, etc. that are explained fully in the back of the book.  We used the book as a launch to investigate how many days it has been since we were born.

First we discussed what information we would need to solve the problem:

We talked about leap years, when the last leap year was, how many days are in each month, what today’s date is, when our birthdays are, etc.  There is a lot to consider.

The the students got to work:


And we shared some of our ideas for solving the problem:


We will finsish the problem tomorrow and share our strategies.  I hope that the students will learn that there are many ways to solve the same problem and that they will learn new strategies from one another.






In English we talked about making connections.  I read an excerpt on Craig Kielburger from the book One Peace:  True Stories of Young Activists.  We made many connections from the book, and the book The Carpet Boy’s Gift, some of which are recorded here:

The students assignment was to finish their reading log letter from last week, complete a making connections handout and to read silently.  My assignment was to continue with the BAS reading assessments that we started last week.

Have you ever been an activist?

Do you know how many days it has been since you were born?


Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Global Citizenship, Math


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2 responses to “On The Day that You Were Born…a Math Investigation

  1. rebecca

    September 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

    hi are we going down to the computer lab today??

  2. Camille and Alexa

    October 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    We like the we day video because we like the songs on it!


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