If you’re looking for a FREE math activity for your 2nd or 3rd grade class, this Statue of Liberty math challenge will do the trick. Use it as a fast finisher, number talk, center, or enrichment activity for your advanced 2-3 mathematicians.
In this Statue of Liberty themed math activity, students are given the number of seconds it takes to climb one stair. Then, they must determine how many minutes and seconds it will take to climb the entire staircase inside the Statue of Liberty from the pedestal to the crown (354 stairs!).
The free math download includes a math challenge printable page, a lined page for students to detail their strategies and mathematical thinking, and an answer key so you can save some brain power.
Need more Travel Themed Math Activities?
If you like this math activity, your students might also enjoy the entire set of 26 Travel and Landmark themed Math Challenges and Brainteasers. This pack includes math activities with generic travel themes like passports, seating maps, and packing for a trip as well as specific facts about landmarks around the world. You can find all 26 Travel Math Challenges & Brainteasers HERE.
- The Statue of Liberty has 354 stairs between the pedestal and the crown.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 284 stairs inside.
- The London Eye has 32 glass capsules that can hold 25 people each.
- The Parthenon has 46 outer columns.
- Big Ben (it’s a bell, not a clock) rings one time for every hour on the hour.
- The Eiffel Tower has been painted a number of different colors. The color you see today is called “Eiffel Tower Brown”.
- It took over 20 years to finish building the Taj Majal and surrounding gardens.
These travel and landmark themed math printables can integrate perfectly with a travel or adventure themed read aloud or classroom theme. They can be also be used as an activity at the end of the school year (when travel – even if it’s just to the local library – draws nigh).
As a social studies activity, students can do research to find interesting facts about landmarks and then create their own math problems based on what they learn about famous places around the world, just like the facts above.
Do you have any other landmarks that might be perfect for travel/landmark themed math challenge questions? Leave them in the comments!
Have a fab day Super Teacher,
If you want to read more about a (print & go) strategy you can use to keep your highest 2nd and 3rd grade kiddos challenged every day, check out this post about using math contracts in your classroom. There might just be another freebie there for you too!