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Friday, January 4, 2013

By NATALIE SCOTT

Dobbins Elementary School hosted the Math Maniac show Dec. 14, which is a show that reviews such information as fractions, percentages, probability, place values, operations, money, measurements, patterns, and capacities in a fun way students can enjoy and understand.

The Math Maniacs show is hosted by Max Millions, a crazy character that loves math and all math problems. He started out the show by telling students that zeros are his favorite number because they can take a simple number and make it bigger or smaller, depending on where the zero is placed.

“One million is just a one with six zeros,” Max Million told the students.

He then demonstrated this point by asking student volunteers to hold balloons with a zero painted on them and a block with a one painted on it and exchanging the one down the line of zeros. He also used this trick to review place values for students, such as tens, hundreds and millions.

The Math Maniac also encouraged students to always save their money in the bank because over time the interest saved on the money will make the amount of money grow. He talked briefly about percents and how adding or subtracting a percent to a number affects it.

The Math Maniac also talked about patterns using a handkerchief he brought with him that had straight lines on them. He used the handkerchief to introduce math terms to the students, like parallel, equal, vertical and horizontal.

The Math Maniacs show is part of a series of assemblies provided by the Poland PTO.

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