# Number Sense Blog

### It's a Square Root Day Word Problem Giveaway!

Apr 4, 2016

It's a Square Root Day word problem giveaway! Email ilovemath@mathnasium.com with your answer to our Square Root Day word problem by Friday, April 8—one lucky winner will receive a Mathnasium prize pack!
The perimeter of a square grilled cheese...

### 4/4/16 Marks a Rare and Radical Math Holiday!

Apr 4, 2016

4/4/16 is Square Root Day! Square Root Days occur when the month (4) and the day (4) are both equal to the square root of the year (16).
The square of a number is the product of the number times itself. The number that is multiplied by itself i...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Pizza!

Apr 20, 2016

Happy Word Problem Wednesday! This week's word problem certainly has our stomachs growling for some pizza. Give it a shot; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
Morgan’s scout troop is having a pizza party. They order 2 each of 3 varieties of ...

### Math in Nature: A Prime Life Cycle for Periodical Cicadas!

Apr 22, 2016

We’re always tickled to see unusual instances of math in nature, and this headline certainly had us grinning from ear to ear: Periodic Cicadas are Coming: Mathematical Bugs in the Prime of their Lives! While many 17-year-old humans spend springtim...

### Word Problem Wednesday: How Many Strings?

Apr 27, 2016

Source: "Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Bramwell Tovey" by Vancouver 125 - The City of Vancouver is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Happy Word Problem Wednesday! Give our orchestra word problem a try; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
An o...

### Math Help: Counting and Grouping

Apr 26, 2016

Many times, when students of all ages come to Mathnasium in need of math help, their math troubles can be traced back to a lack of number sense—an intuitive grasp of how numbers work! What’s the first step to gaining number sense? Well, the most b...

### Word Problem Wednesday: May the Fourth Be With You!

May 4, 2016

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We know it's going to be a great day when Star Wars Day aligns with Word Problem Wednesday! Give our word problem a try—we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
General Leia is flying a T-47 Airspeeder to Echo Base at 650 kilome...

### For Math Success, a Can-Do Attitude Is Key

May 6, 2016

Parents, if there’s one golden nugget of math advice we can pass along to help you set your family up for math success, this Washington Post op-ed by Petra Bonfert-Taylor sums it up:
Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math...

### Celebrate Summer Colours and Math Fun for a Cool Prize!

Jun 1, 2016

Summer vibes are in the air, and we're celebrating all the vibrant colors that come with sunny days! Grab your favourite colouring supplies (and your math skills!) and let's start colouring. First, select the My Colourful Summer activity packet be...

### "Woof" Problem Wednesday: Dog Walking!

May 11, 2016

Source: "Dogs" by Kristine Paulus is licensed under CC BY 2.0
On this Word Problem Wednesday, we're all about our furry canine companions! Give our word problem a try; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
Grace, Ruby, and James volunteer ...

### NASA Announces 1,284 New Planets!

May 16, 2016

Image: NASA/W. Stenzel
Our favorite space telescope has made headlines once again! On Tuesday, NASA announced the verification of 1,284 new planets discovered by the Kepler mission. It’s the single largest planet discovery to date.
Kepler pi...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Coloured Pencils Vs. Crayons!

May 18, 2016

Happy Word Problem Wednesday! This week's word problem goes out to all of you who love getting colourful and creative! Give it a shot; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
Harrison bought a box of 64 coloured pencils for $24.00 and a box of 3...

### How Big or Small Can You Go?

May 20, 2016

Parents, here’s a fun discussion point you can cover when mathing with your kids! Have you ever wondered how many grains of sand there are on the beach? If you tried to count them, would it be possible to ever get to the end? At the beach, we see ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Fairies!

May 25, 2016

Image by Janny Sandholm - http://www.elfwood.com/~sandholm/Little-fairy-Girl.3188228.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17548256
On this Word Problem Wednesday, we're celebrating a mythical creature that's capt...

### Math Fun: How Much Do You Weigh on Other Planets?

Jun 7, 2016

Have you ever wondered why astronauts can jump so high on the moon?
It’s because the force of gravity on the moon is lower than it is on Earth!
Simply put, gravity is the force that attracts two objects to each other. On a larger scale, our ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Picnics and Sandwiches!

Jun 8, 2016

Happy Word Problem Wednesday! It's getting sunnier and sunnier by the day, which means many opportunities for picnics on the horizon! Give this week's mouthwatering word problem a try; we'll update with the answer tomorrow.
Cameron and Morgan a...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Batter Up!

Jun 15, 2016

We hope everyone's having a great summer! On this Word Problem Wednesday, we're shining the spotlight on one of our favorite summertime activities: BASEBALL! Give it a try, and check back tomorrow for the answer.
Hank and Benjamin play on the s...

### Word Problem Wednesday: The Balloon Animal Menagerie!

Jun 22, 2016

Image by Magicludovic (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
In the summertime or year-round, a well-made balloon animal always makes us smile... hence this Word Problem Wednesday tribute! Give our word problem a try and check...

### Word Problem Wednesday: The Hot Dog Conundrum

Jul 6, 2016

Happy Word Problem Wednesday! This week, a backyard barbecue staple is in the spotlight. Solve our hot dog word problem and check back tomorrow for the solution!
Hot dogs come in packages of 10. Hot dog buns come in packages of 8. Each bottle o...

### Word Problem Wednesday: The Texas Edition!

Jul 20, 2016

Last week, Team Mathnasium gathered in Dallas, TX for the 12th Annual Mathnasium Convention, and we're still glowing from the amazing time we had... hence the focal point of this installment of Word Problem Wednesday! Give our word problem a sho...