Game of the Week: Angle Attack

MBGoTW-AngleAttackFor Max’s special Blaster Mission of the week, head to Angle Attack and work on those geometry skills! This week, bring your space studies up a notch and try spotting angles up to 180 degrees!  http://budurl.me/MBGoTW24

Game of the Week: Angle Attack

MB-AngleAttack2We are not quite sure why the most mischievous of Aliens enjoy sneaking into our ship, but our team at Spaceport needs some help warding them off! Head to the Math Academy and take on GC’s Mission in our Game of the Week by using your sharp geometry tactics to precisely blast away these outer space pranksters. http://budurl.me/MBGoTW17

Boost Your Angle Attack Score with these Geometry Tips

Angle Attack might be one of the most challenging games in Math Blaster. It requires a sharp eye for geometry and the ability to think on your toes. Despite all the challenges that face our budding mathematicians in getting a high score in Angle Attack, there are some easy lessons you can teach them that will give them an advantage in the game.AA

  • Know your angle types: Do the words “acute”, “obtuse”, and “right” sound familiar to you? These concepts will be very useful in Angle Attack. Firstly, right angles are those that make a perpendicular “L” shape and equal to exactly 90 degrees. All angles that are smaller than right angles are called “acute” angles and all angles that are larger than right angles are called “obtuse angles”. Just by eyeing the angles made in Angle Attack, your Blaster can easily get a sense of what size the angle might be.
  • Understand circles: Having a grasp on circles can also really help your child’s Angle Attack score. A circle adds up to 360 degrees and half a circle adds up to 180 degrees. Particularly for those larger angle problems, this will help your kid calculate those pesky aliens’ locations in the Angle Attack ring.
  • Count individual angles: When all else fails, counting the individual angles in the ring will help guide you to your answer. If you notice, the mini-blue angles in the game are all 10 degrees each. In the image above, you will notice that there are five angles on that add up to the between our last position and the alien. Have your Blaster use their handy multiplication skills and multiply five times ten to get the correct answer!

These are just a couple ways for your Blaster to get stronger at Angle Attack AND their geometry skills. If you or your kid have any other helpful tips, make sure to let us know in the comments!

Kitchen Math: No Bake-Cookies

No-Bake cookies help us avoid the stress of working an oven with our little helpers in the kitchen, so we and our children can focus more on the fun side of baking. One way we liven up our baking recipes is by teaching our child the value of measurements when pouring our batter. Since we want all our cookies the same size, now is a great opportunity to teach your child about inches. That way, they have a good sense of how much batter to pour out for each cookie and they get a started on some geometry!

"no-bake cookies" by Melissa Hiller ©2012. Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

“no-bake cookies” by Melissa Hiller ©2012. Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

What you’ll need:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any kind of nut/cookie butter if your child has allergies)
1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions:
Before you begin, make sure your Blaster knows their measurements! Bring out a ruler so that they can really understand the length of an inch and foot. For your middle school student, feel free to add in some lessons about diameter and circumference of a circle!

1.Mix together the honey, cocoa, butter, and milk.
2.Warm on medium heat.
3.Let ingredients boil for a minute and add the other ingredients .
4.Once the pot has had a chance to cool, let your Blaster spoon out the batter. Have them measure out cookies that are 2 inches long onto wax paper.
5. Let the cookies cool enough to harden.

Enjoy your cookies! Keep them refrigerated so they do not spoil. You can even include some math problems after you finish cooking. Ask them how many cookies would you have to lay out to make a foot and have them measure with a ruler to check their answer! As a reward, let them embark on some Red Alert missions with their tasty treat.

Worksheet of the Week: Symmetry in the Sky

symmetry-in-the-sky-grade-2.1Oh no, these shapes aren’t finished! Practice your symmetry skills and help Max complete these drawings. Ask a parent to help you download and print this worksheet.