# Griffin

Guess the temperature

## Guess the temperature

Milk by the gallon

## Milk by the gallon

Milk has been on sale at our local gas station/convenience store. Griffin and I walked up there the other day to buy some milk. Two percent milk for the kids and me; skim for Mommy. Me: Griff, the milk we just bought was \$5.50 for two gallons. How much was each...

The meanings of division

## The meanings of division

I was talking with Griffin one day when he was in third grade. Me: Do you know what \$latex 12\div 2\$ is?Griffin (8 years old): 6Me: How do you know that's right?G: 2 times 6 is 12. Me: What about \$latex 26 \div 2\$?G: 13Me: How do you know...

M&Ms

## M&Ms

Dessert is a good time to get the children’s attention for a little math talk. A few weeks back, a smallish serving of M&Ms was about to be given to each child, from a large one-pound bag. In keeping with my assertion that a day should never pass without asking...

Sharing pears

## Sharing pears

I took the kids camping this weekend. Jay Cooke State Park is lovely. I recommend a visit if you have never been. We had the following conversation at the campsite on Saturday evening. Me: Griff, we have two pears and three people. What should we do about...

The Pumpkin Patch

## The Pumpkin Patch

On a family trip to a farm from which we have bought a tremendous amount of produce this year, Griffin and I were heading to the pumpkin patch. We had already taken the wagon ride to the other pumpkin patch; where the pie pumpkins were grown. We had helped with the...

City names

## City names

We were driving home recently. Griffin was in the back seat reading his book about U.S. Presidents. Griffin (9 years old): Who was the capital of Wisconsin named for?Me: Is this a quiz or a question? This is an important distinction with Griffin. He has both in his...

Summer project (3 of 3)

## Summer project (3 of 3)

We went to the State Fair last week. Having wondered about the height of the Giant Slide, and having developed a technique for measuring things, we needed to collect the information required to answer our original question. The only problem? No one but me wanted to...