It feels great to get a haircut. You feel so light and cool. Well, this poor dog just got the haircut of his life. Lazarus had been left living alone in a barn, because his owner was too old to take care of him. The dog’s fur grew longer and longer. Finally he was rescued, and sent right to the groomer. Lazarus weighed 35 pounds less after they shaved him! We can’t say we love this haircut – he’s now lollipop-shaped – but we hope they’ll let his fur grow back a little bit.
Wee ones: Lazarus and other Great Pyrenees dogs are white. See if you can spot 3 white things in the room.
Little kids: If your hair is 8 inches long and you cut off 1 inch, how long is it now? Bonus: How much do you weigh? If you lost 35 pounds of hair, would you weigh anything at all?
Big kids: Lazarus got his haircut in September. If he gets his next haircut 7 months later, what month will that be? Bonus: If Lazarus could grow back that hair in 7 months, how many pounds of hair would he have to grow each month (if it grows evenly)?
Wee ones: Answers might include pages in a book, sheets and pillowcases, and socks.
Little kids: 7 inches. Bonus: Different for everyone…find out if you weigh more or less than 35 pounds!
Big kids: In April. Bonus: 5 pounds a month.
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.