Do the Turkey Math

turkeyHappy Thanksgiving! 

Share these fun math problems with your students.

1. The average American eats 16 pounds of turkey each year.  How much turkey will be eaten this year by the entire town of Turkey, North Carolina (population 292)?

2. Mrs. Pilgrim is planning a big Thanksgiving for her family. She is expecting 12 adults and 24 children. She needs to plan for 1 pound of turkey for each adult and a 1/2 pound of turkey for each child. At the grocery store, turkeys are available in 8 pounds, 12 pounds, or 24 pounds. What should she buy?  (Provide all possibilities)

3. A turkey can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly at up to 55 miles per hour. If a turkey runs at top speed for half an hour and flies for another 2 1/2 hours how far will he have travelled?

4. Raising beef takes ten times the resources compared to turkey. A turkey farmer is raising 1200 turkeys this year. If he wanted to switch to cattle how many cows would he be able to raise using the same resources?

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Celebrate American Education Week

American Education WeekThis is American Education Week celebrated in this country since 1921.  We are proud to be among those who support educators every day.  Enjoy this week. You deserve it.

To help you make the most of it here are few ideas.

To kick off the American Education Week let your community know about the great work your students are doing.

Tuesday is Invite Parents to School Day   Let parents try the computer programs that students use.  Parents who have tried out Ascend Math are impressed and better understand the accomplishments of their children.  To make it easy, you can have them work from the student experience examples on our website:


Twenty Five Ideas to Celebrate American Education Week:

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Gold Medal winner speaks at lunch event during NCTM Richmond

IMG_0604Amy Boyd accepted the 2014 Ascend Math Gold Medal on behalf of Holabird STEM program at a ceremony that took place during the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond, VA.

Thirty two attendees listened as she described the challenges faced and the strategies she used with the help of Ascend Math to achieve their wonderful results.

For more on the Gold Medal and Holabird STEM Program see



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From the Thought Leaders Summit


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We started off the Thought Leader Summit with a star-studded event on the future of Higher Ed, in front of a packed house. Goldie Blumenstyk of the Chronicle of Higher Education moderated the panel, which featured John DeGioai (President of Georgetown University), Chip Paucek (Co-founder and CEO of 2U), Jeffrey Selingo (Author), and Betsy Corcoran (Founder and CEO of EdSurge). Thanks to our partner, 1776, for hosting. You can see 80% of these speakers again at the Thought Leader Summit.

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A great day in our Nation’s capital for National Education Week (a fitting view!)

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National Education Week Thought Leader Summit

National Education Week begins next week. I will be in attendance at the National Education Week Thought Leader Summit in Washington DC.  The Thought Leader Summit is a gathering of the leaders from education, business and government who define and shape trends in public and private education, from Early Childhood through K-12, Higher Ed and Lifelong Learning. This year we hope to find paths to reclaim America’s competitive edge by addressing critical issues impacting education today and in the future. Please look for my blog post next week.


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The Math Behind Famous Halloween Facts!

pumpkin 21. The world’s largest pumpkin weighs 2,032 pounds, that’s more than a ton.  The average weight of a pumpkin is about 12 pounds.  How many average pumpkins equal the weight of the world’s record?

2. Punkin Chunkin is an event in which machines such as catapults are used to hurl pumpkins the greatest distance.  One of the goals of the WCPCA (World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association) is to hurl a pumpkin a full mile. The current record is 4,484 feet.  How many more feet do they have to go?  The pumpkin would need to travel at 1000 mph in order to make it the full mile.  How long will it take to reach it’s goal?  Once you’ve solved this trick, treat your students to one of the punkin chuckin videos on the Science Channel’s website.

3. Anoka, MN is the Halloween Capital of the World.  They created the first Halloween parade in 1920. How many years will it be before they can celebrate their 100th anniversary?  How many months?  Think that’s scary, now try to figure out how many days?


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Strategies for Math Students with Irlen Syndrome

This is the third video in our series honoring Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week.  At last year’s CAMT conference Marge Harris shared strategies she has successfully used to help math intervention students with Irlen Syndrome.

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Irlen Syndrome and Math Symptoms

This is the second in our series of posts on math intervention students with Irlen Syndrome.  In this video clip Marge Harris, Irlen screener and Math Interventionist, explains how to tell which math students may be affected by Irlen Syndrome.

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Identifying Irlen Syndrome in math students

October 20-24 is Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week.  Many of the students who struggle in math may have Irlen Syndrome.

Marge Harris is a math intervention teacher at St. Piux X High School in Houston and an Irlen Syndrome screener.  She is extremely knowledgeable of the effects of Irlen Syndrome on math intervention students and how to best help them.  She addressed a group at CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) on this very subject.  Throughout the week we will share video clips from this presentation.

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CBS News features ChalleNGe Academy Schools

You may have seen one of the recent stories on the CBS Evening News showing high school dropouts getting back on track.  The news series follows the Youth ChalleNGe Academy Program run by the National Guard.

We are very familiar with this wonderful program and its success.  Texas ChalleNGe Academy in Iraan-Sheffield, Texas has been an Ascend Math Gold Medalist School. The math results they’ve achieved with high school dropouts and students in danger of dropping out is nothing short of sensational.  In just three months, under their program all their students using Ascend Math gained a full grade level of math or more with 19% gaining two or more years’ grade level growth. Their Principal, Candra Cade is an active member of the Ascend Math Advisory Council.  See more on the Ascend Math Results page, under Alternative Schools.


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