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Math Connections on Read Across America Day

On March 2nd, students and teachers will celebrate Read Across America Day. This is an annual
reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate
reading on the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. You may be thinking, wait a second,
isn’t this the math news? If you’d like, read the classic Dr. Seuss book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red
Fish, Blue Fish with your child, then try out these related math problems so math doesn’t get left out
in all the fun!


Red fish, blue fish, and black fish were swimming along happily in a row, looking for some plankton to
snack on. To stop themselves from getting bored, they kept changing who swam in front, who swam
in the middle, and who swam at the back. How many different ways could the 3 fish arrange
themselves? To help you, act out the problem with 2 friends. Make some colored fish, then model
the problem.
The yellow fish with the little star on its belly decided to join them in their swimming adventure. How
many different ways could the fish arrange themselves now?

Altogether there are exactly 48 Zeds, each with a single hair on its head. The story tells us that each
Zed needs its hair cut once per day.
How many haircuts will the hairdresser have to give in a week?
If the hairdresser charges the Zeds $9 per haircut, how much money will he make in a week? If the
hairdresser works for 50 weeks of the year, what is his annual salary? Approximately how many
years will the hairdresser need to work to make one million dollars?


Mr. Gump’s 7 hump Wump has 8 feet to support its body and its 7 humps; our 1-hump wump has
only 4 feet. From doing a bit more research, we learn that a 4-hump Wump has 6 feet, and a 10-
hump Wump has exactly 10 feet. How many feet are needed to support a 13-hump Wump? What
about a 25-hump Wump? Create a table to help you solve the problem. What patterns do you find?
What is the rule? Use the rule to find the number of feet needed to support a 100-hump Wump.

Michelle Marini Math Specialist

March 2018 Tiger Times