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The Horse In A Jar
A volume calculation/estimation activity for Physical Science & Pre-Algebra jr or sr high schoolers & Remedial Math for junior college adults
About this creation
In Physical Science Classes the main 1x2 stud brick was measured in cm with vernier calipers by each group of my students. Each group calculated the volume of the main 1x2 stud brick. An average volume for the 1x2 stud brick obtained from all the groupsí calculations was then used for all groupsí subsequent estimations and calculations. Volumes of each block type in the horse were estimated based on this average volume of the measured 1x2 stud block. Volumes, in cubic centimeters, of each block type were then added together to obtain the estimated volume of the horse. Students were required to list measurement and calculation data in an organized data table. I provided the blank data table so that grading would not be a nightmare for me! (The volume of the studs was not considered unless it was a class of students who were more mathematically astute and the assumption was made that bricks were solid.) In pre-Algebra and remedial Math classes the methodology was essentially the same except measurement was in fractions of an inch. Volumes of each block type in the horse were estimated and listed as fractions of the main 1x2 stud block. Students were required to show calculations using fractions instead of decimals, thus giving them needed fraction practice. Both teens and adults enjoyed this activity! :)



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 I made it 
  February 17, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Awww cute horsey in jar :-) Thanks for liking my Ellie but you forgot to "like", if you know what I mean ;-)
I had to go back and look at my one comment on my 'Elephant Ears Enhancement'. I remembered it was you, and that you said you liked elephants. I like elephants too, but I do like horses better! Oh, and elephants don't fit as easily into jars! :)
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  February 17, 2012
Awww cute horsey in jar :-) Thanks for liking my Ellie but you forgot to "like", if you know what I mean ;-)
 I made it 
  January 21, 2012
Quoting Cody G Looks like a fun little exercise!
Ah, ha... you must be a secret math lover... You called it a 'little' exercise. :)
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  January 21, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Yay! a lego horse:) Glad you finally built one. Not sure what all that number stuff is you speak of but I like the horse.
Well, this isn't the one of my dreams, that one still is taking form in my mind! Thanx for remembering! :)
 I made it 
  January 21, 2012
Quoting Michael Kringe Hehe, clever idea! I guess your students had much fun with the bricks!
Yes... and there were some other mini builds also being made! :)
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  January 21, 2012
Hehe, clever idea! I guess your students had much fun with the bricks!
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  January 21, 2012
Yay! a lego horse:) Glad you finally built one. Not sure what all that number stuff is you speak of but I like the horse.
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  January 21, 2012
Looks like a fun little exercise!
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  January 20, 2012
Quoting Ru Corder My head hurts now :P
A little LEGO therapy will cure that! :)
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  January 20, 2012
My head hurts now :P
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  January 20, 2012
Quoting Grant W. Wow. All that sounds really complicated and I don't really understand any of it, but the horse is awesome!
The words just make it seem so... the doing is really easy! :)
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  January 20, 2012
Quoting Mister Bones Horse in a jar.....nice. Never was much at math, so I leave that you.
And pertaining to leaving... my students were requred to 'leave' the LEGO horse in the jar in an assembled state at the end of the activity... hee, hee! :)
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  January 20, 2012
Quoting Sebeus I Next to my love for lego is my love for math, the brickbuild horse looks cool :)
Yeah... math! :)
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  January 20, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Bring a nifty Lego horse into it and even Math(s) can be fun :-)
Yup... that was the idea... and it worked! :)
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  January 20, 2012
Wow. All that sounds really complicated and I don't really understand any of it, but the horse is awesome!
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  January 20, 2012
Horse in a jar.....nice. Never was much at math, so I leave that you.
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  January 20, 2012
Next to my love for lego is my love for math, the brickbuild horse looks cool :)
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  January 20, 2012
Bring a nifty Lego horse into it and even Math(s) can be fun :-)
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  January 20, 2012
Quoting Justin M Lol!! This is awesome;D
Thanx Justin, I KNOW if you had been one of my students doing this, you would have been helping everybody else! :)
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  January 20, 2012
Lol!! This is awesome;D
 
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