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How Tall Are You in Pennies?

How Tall Are You in Pennies?

Conversion Sixteen pennies, stacked, is one inch. Large number of pennies (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Supplies As many pennies as you can find A one-foot ruler A three-foot yardstick Pencil Doorjamb Paper Instructions Count out 16 pennies Stack the pennies Measure the stack. It should be one inch tall. Measure how tall each grandchild is, first […]

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What Is a Googol?

What Is a Googol?

Big numbers Sahara Desert (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A nine-year-old came up with the name googol when his mathematician uncle, Edward Kasner, asked for help in naming this new number. The name was introduced in Kasner’s 1940 book, “Mathematics and the Imagination.” The search engine company, Google, took its name as a play on the name for the number, […]

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What Is Infinity Plus One?

What Is Infinity Plus One?

Crossing the Street This photo is of Wikis Take Manhattan goal code R9, Children/Families, crossing street. |} (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One-to-one correspondence Materials Children Hands Street to cross Instructions Ask each of your grandchildren to take your hand when you cross the street Ask them if you have enough hands for each child If you […]

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Celebrating Life

Celebrating Life

Celebrating Life For my family November holds extra reasons for celebrating. There are 2 birthdays that occur around the Thanksgiving holiday – my niece Brenna and my father, who turned 80 this year. So when we gathered together this year we celebrated this milestone in my father’s life. Allow me to share a few moments […]

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