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Math concepts covered in the show: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, area, perimeter, measurement, percentage, ratio, geometric shapes, estimation, and the four steps to problem solving.
 


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This production requires a space 21 feet wide and a ceiling height of 11 feet. Puppets are viewed at 6 feet from ground. Children sit on floor (or chairs) and the first row is 8 feet from stage. An aisle is required in the audience. Max audience size: 400.

Sand Castles begins on the last day of school with students sharing summer plans with their teacher. They review the ten strategies of problem solving (as seen above), walk through a list making organization system, and complain that they'll never need to know the math skills in real life this summer. The show, of course, proves them wrong at every turn.
Suzy, Buster and Chester sing "What's the Problem, Choose a Strategy". They exit to the beach. (A CD of the two main show songs is sent as part of our pre-show lesson plan). At the beach, the pigs boogie board riotously to "surfing music"

Listen to a song from the show!.

 

The lifeguard shares a math chart with the audience to determine boogie board rental costs. The lifeguard also tells of the sand castle contest and introduces area and square footage concepts.
On the boardwalk, the pigs use fractions to get their pizza evenly divided. They print out pictures of famous buildings from around the world, e.g., Taj Mahal, St. Basil's, Stonehenge, etc.

The pigs build a sand castle version of Westminster Abbey, which gets washed away, prompting another visit by the lifeguard.
The lifeguard covers geometric shapes, percentage, addition, subtraction, and multiplication, as well as demonstrating with audience volunteers estimating, factors and square footage.

Chester and Suzy are swept out to sea after a jet ski accident, forcing them to use problem solving and understand parallel, perpendicular and ratios.
Three structures are built during the show's eye-popping finale, while the audience sings "Math is Cool". The warthogs build St. Basil's, a Russian landmark, the pigs build a grouping of tall buildings with the Jefferson Memorial as a base, and Rooster builds a cityscape in a huge hole in the sand. The audience elects the winner of the contest.
Listen to Math Is Cool!. 

"Great Program! It really prompted excitement for math! My students loved the 'Math is Cool' Song!" 
 -
East Hanover Elementary

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