Firewood…What is a Cord?

This is an excellent activity for integrating literacy and geometry. Learners read an actual article that appeared in the December 14, 2010 issue of USA Today. The article discusses how consumers are often short-changed when buying firewood because they don't know the dimensions that define a cord. After reading the article, which includes the exact dimensions of a cord, students answer four in-depth questions that require them to use various formulas and apply critical thinking skills.  

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