Math is all around us, even on a ranch! It was great hearing from Jodi of HopeWell Ranch explain to students at Lincoln Middle School how important math is and how it's used every day at her ranch!
Some of the examples that were talked about included:
Cowboy (a fitting name for a horse) is 15.2 hands tall, and a hand is four inches. How tall is Cowboy? 60.8 inches to the withers or 5 feet. Oh, and he weighs 1,000 pounds!
How much do horses eat? Better break out the calculator! At the ranch, four horses will go through about 1,000 pounds of hay in about four days. So how many pounds of hay per day does one horse eat? 62.5! HopeWell Ranch goes through around 300,000 pounds of hay annually.
The bunnies get much less hay. They eat little hay balls. Most bunnies they have are around 12 pounds. Next year, they're hoping to get a Flemish Giant...a rabbit that is THREE TIMES bigger than the ones they currently have. Flemish Giants can get to about 35 pounds!
Thank you to Mrs. Thielen's class, as well as the other classes who joined, for the invite and for sharing the wonders of math and how we use it all the time!