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Math StoryTelling – Road Trip Project

Math storytelling is essential for connecting math to the real world and helping students problem solve. One project I use with my students involves storytelling with math and helps them with multiplying decimals. I have them choose a vehicle of their choice (dream car) and tell me a story about a road trip they took or would like to take with their family. In the story, they have to tell me how many times they stopped for gas, how long it took to get there, hotel cost, tickets, and food. They also have to tell me the total cost of the trip.For example, I planned a trip to SeaWorld with my family this summer. My husband Chris, daughters Ciara and Camia, Chris Jr, and I piled our luggage into the car at 11:30 a.m. because we wanted to get there by 3:00 p.m. because the tickets we purchased were “Twilight Tickets” for after 3p.m. At the time, SeaWorld was running a promotion so the tickets were $39.95 each. Teachers get in free and so did my son C.J. because he is two years old. The total cost of our tickets was 119.85. I don’t require my 6th graders to include the tax.

We only had to fill up twice. Once on our way there and once going back home. It cost us 2.47 per gallon to fill up which is $65.80 for the first trip. The trip home was a little more expensive because we went to a different gas station which cost us 2.37 per gallon and came up to $66.25. From my house to SeaWorld is a total of 200.64 miles. We had enough gas to get to SeaWorld and from SeaWorld to the hotel. I tell my students to use MapQuest to determine the total number of miles from their house to their destination. They have to show work when calculating time and miles per hour as well as miles per gallon and the number of gallons their car can hold.

With a full tank of gas, my Ford Expedition can travel 392 miles. This is the reason we did not have to fill up again. We drove at a speed of 70 mph and have to travel for 200.64 miles. To calculate the time we first dive 200.64 by 70 mph which is 2.86. So it took us close to 3 hours to get to SeaWorld. We purchased an all day dining deal for the kids that was $14.95. C.J. ate from their plate. This was a great deal because they could eat and drink whatever they wanted at diners who participated in the deal. Chris and I brought a sub and drinks from home. We left around 9pm and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. In the morning, we woke up and ate a complimentary breakfast provided free before leaving. We filled up our tank and was headed back home. The kids had a blast. It was Chris’s and my first time at SeaWorld. We enjoyed ourselves as well. The Shamu show was our favorite.

Ticket Prices:

39.95 < two decimal places
x 3
119. 8 5 < move decimal two places to the left

Fuel Costs at Cheveron:

2.35 x 28
65.80 < move decimal two places to the left

Fuel Costs at Amaco:

x 28

We drove my 2005 Ford Expedition:

28 < Miles per 1 gallon
14 < Number of gallons

x 14
392 miles

All Day Dining Deal:

x 2

Hotel Costs:
64.00 for one night.

Total Cost of Trip:

Gas: 65.80 + 66.25= 132.50
Food for the kids= 29.90
Hotel Stay for one night= 64.00
Tickets for Chris and the kids=119.85

Total cost is $132.50 + 29.90 + 64.00 + 119.85

All together, It cost us $346.25 for one day of fun. Was it worth it? I think so…we had a good time.

Top Attractions in Perth on Your Australia Trip

Australia is one of the most beautiful continents in the world. It is one of the smallest but a wonderful continent, nestled between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. Australia truly offers lot to the visitors which vary from picturesque scenery, historical monuments, to different cultural traditions to throbbing with urban life. Australia is lovingly called the ‘Down Under’. Truly speaking Australia is wonder and from its every stretch from north to west and from south to North. This country hooks the visitors from every nook and corner of the world in great numbers.

Some of the top attractions on your Australia trip may as listed below:

Perth is the capital city of the Western Australia. This city is speckled with many natural attractions and fabulous man made attractions that is very worth to visit on your tour to Australia. Perth is one of the most beautiful city and is very renowned for its exotic wildlife, water sports fun and adventure treasure. The famous attractions on your visit to sunny Perth will be as follows:

Perth Zoo
This zoo is only 5 minutes away from the main city centre. This zoo offers the chance to have a glance of the Australian wildlife at the closest you can see. Some of the exhibited animals which are housed here are the Kangaroos, Dingoes, Wallabies, Koalas, Wetland, Reptiles, Rainforest animals and the African Savannas. The zoo consists of house of world birds which is visited by visitors a lot. The zoo is visited by mainly the by visitors with their families. The Perth zoo is very famous for its picnic spot too.

London Court
The London court was built in the year 1937 but is as fanaticizing and set amongst the today’s sky crappers. The building is type of what you can see in on the London streets. The pedestrian of these building consists of small and beautiful cafes which are always busy. This old building has the gleams of that as the new one.

Apart from these there are many attractions in Perth which is very worth to visit are Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth Bell Tower, Barracks Arch, Old Mill and many other that on the visit takes the heart of the visitors on the cloud.

Apart from these some beautiful attractions, tour to Australia has some more wonders for the visitors like the Opera House of Sydney. The Opera House in Sydney steals the show of the Australia tour. This truly is one of finest buildings in the whole of the world, a real architectural wonder on earth. The Great Barrier Reef is a wonder of the nature which lies on eastern coast of Australia. This home to around more than 400 species of coral and 1500 varieties of fishes and is 1200 miles meter long. There are many ways you can experience the exotic reef. The Great Barrier Reef is also remarked as the crowning glory of Australia tourism.

Apart from these Australia is place where the visitors from around the world must visit once in their lifetime span.