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Math In Real Life: Volume in Moving

It’s the first Wednesday of June which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!!  If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!

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   ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~You’ve probably already guessed how I have been using math in my life lately… yes, moving! From measuring spaces in the new home, creating layouts of where furniture will go and down to packing up my van and my husband’s truck to get the most out of each trip.

Boxes Everywhere

We have been packing boxes like nobody’s business for the 3 weeks. Every weekend we are over at the old house packing up more and more to make another trip (or four). Thankfully it’s down to basically the hubby’s office/man cave and our couch and recliner. Next time we are already saying we will hire movers AND packers!

Full Load in the Van

As you can see my van gets PACKED! I started wondering on about the umpteenth trip how many cubic feet my van was holding with all of the seats down. I drive a Dodge Caravan and love how it can easily fold all the seats into the floor for quick storage and allows me plenty of room.

I knew that the width of the interior was about 5 feet and the length was at least 7.5 feet based on fitting in two twin size box springs (for our king sized bed) and still having room for a few boxes, two dog kennels, three dogs… and a partridge in a pear tree. Hubby’s truck is roughly the same dimensions but has the unlimited height involved with being a truck. I verified online that my van has 143.8 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s a lot of space when most of the boxes I was packing held 1.5 cubic feet!

Then of course I had to test out the theory by playing Tetris with all of my boxes and see how many boxes I could CRAM into my cargo space and get over in one load. Let’s just say there were some loads that I probably shouldn’t have done since it blocked my blind spots and the view out the back of my van.

Amidst PackingAnd there is still random things here and there at the former house as you can see above. Seriously need to find a home for the TALL wrapping paper tubes. They don’t fit in the holder I got after Christmas.

Now I need to go and check out my friends blogs as I have heard some of them are talking about our amazing FitBit that we each have. I am in love with mine and maybe that will be another month’s MIRL and how I use it along with some other apps.


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