While math problems on their own might lead to glassy-eyed stares from many young students (and adults), the horse world is full of everyday mathematics. A new website out of Canada, HorseLoversMath.com, aims to get more students—particularly girls—in 4th through 6th grade interested in math and science by highlighting their use in horse-world situations. By harnessing children’s inherent interest in horses, the site aims to engage them in mathematical thinking that comes naturally.
The questions used on Horse Lover’s Math aren’t just typical generic word problems reframed in an equine setting. They use current news and research from the horse world to offer users information about horses as well as practice in math and science. Current featured questions use research about how much weight horses can safely carry, results from the National Junior High Finals Rodeo and statistics about the Kentucky Derby. Real-world examples of math in horsekeeping settings include calculating strides when walking a jumper course and measuring a horse’s vital signs.
The site offers three levels of questions to accommodate different grade levels and abilities. Students are encouraged to try all of the problems, even those that seem beyond their current level. The answer key explains how to calculate each answer so that students learn the process. Spiral-bound workbooks are planned for publication beginning in early 2014.
Learn more at HorseLoversMath.com