Hawaii for the Holidays
Menlo Park students, do you remember the childhood song, “head shoulders knees and toes”? Well, we are going to see if we can do some math with that song using a family holiday card from one of our Menlo Park students. One of our students took a family trip to Hawaii and sent us this beautiful card. We are going to take a closer look at this photo amidst the flowing waves, palm trees, and bright sky…
Get to Know Hawaii
How about for some fast facts about Hawaii, first? Welcome to the 50th state!
When it became the 50th US state in August 1959, Hawaii was the only US state to have two official languages: English and Hawaiian. Its capital is Honolulu, and Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time, or HST). Furthermore, Hawaii doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time (DST). Some of the major Hawaiian traditions include: hula dancing, making leis, having luau feasts, and surfing. Some of the major industries in Hawaii include fishing, tourism, sugar cane processing, pineapple canning, and printing/publishing. In terms of diversity, Hawaii is the most multiracial of any of the Unites States. Did you know that the Hawaiian word “aloha” can mean either “hello,” “goodbye,” or “love”?
Counting from Menlo Park to Hawaii
What a fun time our Menlo Park friends are having! Let’s count the “number of” in this picture:
How many fingers are in this picture?
How many toes?
How many kneecaps?
How many eyes?
How many pairs of swim goggles?
How many ears?
This fun photo has much to share with us! And, the math is fun and gives us another way of seeing the world around us!
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