OVERVIEW: The goal of "Sand Castles" is to share with kids, in a fun way, how important math is in everyday life. The performance is written for 6th grade down to kindergarten with a wide variety of math concepts touched upon. The younger child will not feel lost as the math is done in an everyday reality-based way – without the audience being asked to solve anything they are incapable of.
OBJECTIVES: To show how math is integrated into everyday life.
To create an atmosphere of positive fun around math.
To expose children to the aesthetics of puppet theatre.
SYNOPSIS: The show begins on the last day of school as the teacher is reviewing "The Four Steps of Problem Solving: What’s the Problem?; Choose a Strategy; Solve the Problem; Then Look Back." The students (pigs) complain that they’ll never use any of what they’re learning (naturally, they’ll use everything during the show) and the "Ten Strategies of Problem Solving" are examined. The pigs head off to the beach and use a wide variety of math skills, including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, percentage, ratio and geometric shapes as well as chart making, estimating, logical reasoning, brainstorming, picture making, and list making. The pigs ride boogie boards, explore the boardwalk, surf the net and enter a fantastic sandcastle-making contest in which they compete against a pair of warthogs. The show features two "sing along" songs with recordings and sheet music in the school for duplication.
Adding – boogie board rental chart, sandcastle supply purchasing
Subtraction – boogie board rental chart, sandcastle supply purchasing
Multiplication – boogie board rental chart, sandcastle supply purchasing
Division – boogie board rental chart and pizza
Percentage – supplies, fabric discount and tax
Ratio – water to sand mixture
Geometry – shapes, perimeter, square footage
Chart making – boogie board rental
Logical reasoning – lost at sea
List making – Suzy and Buster’s list for scrapbook, rules
Pictures- Buster’s list
Estimating – lifeguards’ lesson with rope, supplies purchase
Temperature – lifeguard stand
Mph – wide velocity
> - SPF quotient
Commutative property of math – Rocky’s insult
Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Jefferson Memorial, Seattle Space Needle, Washington Monument, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Westminster Abbey, St. Basil’s, Chrysler Building
BOOKS FOR KIDS:
1. Annotated Guides Architecture N. Stevenson 2. Pockets Buildings P. Wilkinson 3. SAND-tiquity M. Wells K. Wells C. Simo 4. Sandcastles P. Mitchell