Math to Our Lives
Math report from teachers Mrs. Patti
Burwinkel and Miss Bail and the students (ages 9-10) in their
two math classes at Nativity School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Subject: Greetings from Cincinnati, Ohio
Hello! We are the 4th graders from Nativity
School in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. Cincinnati is on the Ohio
River. It is a working river and you can see barges there
all the time. The barges haul coal to Cincinnati for the long
Our class is really looking forward to working
with the other schools that are a part of this program. We
want to send Math Autobiographies to any class that will read
and respond and also send paragraphs and collages of "What
Mathematics Means to Me". We're going to interview our parents
about how they use Math at work and can share that information
with anyone, too.
Patti Burwinkel's 4th grade Math classes
Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Math teacher and teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
The subjects she teaches are word problems, geometry, and
algebra. She uses math in many ways at her job. She teaches
math but she has to make schedules for kids to follow. Also
she has to figure out test and report card scores. She has
to figure out her budget to buy things for class. She uses
math in projects like studying the Golden Ratio in Greek culture.
She also needs to figure out space for projects. She also
needs to measure papers to put on the bulletin boards. She
uses time to see how much time is left and needed in class.
Also she uses math to figure out her paycheck. I learned a
lot about math doing this and I hope you did too.
I had an online interview with my Aunt in London
to see how she uses math. My Aunt is an engineer. Her job
is to find out how much oil should come out of a well. She
does things like figure out where a well should be drilled,
how many wells should be drilled, and if a well will make
a profit. The main tool she uses is called a reservoir simulator
which she uses to make a computer model of all the deposit
she is working on. A computer model a lot of equations it's
math! Another way she uses math is by playing the trombone!
Music is very mathematical. It's a lot of fractions to add
up. That is how my aunt uses math.
In my mom's day she used a lot of math. First
she wakes up and then she wakes us up at a certain time so
we have enough time to get ready for school. Next she has
to use multiplication to multiply $2.25 times 10 for my lunch
tickets. When my Mom goes to work she usually stops to buy
a bagel and coffee. She has to add the bagel price and the
coffee price. Fourth my mom uses multiplication and a division
to figure out a monthly payment of principal and interest
for a note she drafts at work. She has meeting during the
day and has to see how much more time she has until the meeting
starts. Finally at dinner she uses a measuring cup to measure
half a cup of milk to put into a recipe. My mom really needs
to know math facts in order to make through the day.
My Dad Gary Newberry, is the self employed owner
of Main Entry. He sells and installs doors on homes in the
Cincinnati area. He has been working at this job for five
years. Using mathematics is a very important part of his job.
My dad uses addition to figure out how much the doors costs.
He uses multiplication to figure sales tax and product cost.
He uses subtraction to custom fit older doorways. When figuring
the centerline to install lock set and door viewers, he uses
division. These are the many ways my dad uses math in his
job. Without math his job would be a lot harder to do.
Informe de las maestras Sra. Patti Burwinkel
y la Srta. Bail y sus estudiantes (9-10 años) de sus dos clases
de matemáticas. Son de la Escuela de la Natividad en Cincinnati
Hola! Somos los niños de cuarto grado de la
Escuela de la Natividad en Cincinnati en Ohio en los EEUU.
Cincinnati esta ubicada en el Rio de Ohio. Es
un rio muy usado con mucho trafico de barcazas. Las barcazas
llevan coal a Cincinnati para los meses de invierno.
Anticipamos trabajar con otras escuelas de este
programa. Queremos enviar nuestras autobiografias matematicas
a otra clase que quiera leerlas y responder y nuestros parafos
y montajes entitulados "Que sentido tiene la matematica para
mi". Queremos entrevistar nuestros padres para saber como
ellos usan la matematica en el trabajo y compartirles esa
informacion tambien. Queremos colectar esta informacion y
presentarla en forma grafica.
Lsa clases de cuarto grado de la Sra. Burwinkel.