Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mathiseverywhere blog!
Here’s another fun, little story for your enjoyment. My second entry for Ms. Susanna Hill’s Valentiny contest (Get it? A tiny Valentine’s story?😁)
The rules: create a Valentine’s story where someone feels guilty. It must be geared to kids 12 and under and be 214 words or less.
A Little Rain
Cloud looked down below. Kids bounced about in their heart-shaped costumes, laughing and playing.
“I don’t want to rain on their parade,” Cloud thought.
So she squeezed—ERG! and squished—EEP! Then, KRR-ACK! Thunder and lighting.
The kids screamed and ran, huddling around their teacher.
“Oh no!” Cloud thought. “I’ve got to get out of here!”
“Wind,” Cloud called out. “Please blow me away.”
Wind grinned and winked, “My favorite thing to do.”
He gathered up speed. He WHOOSHED! and he WHIRLED! Then WOOOO! he blew Cloud away.
The kids huddled closer to their teacher as the wind whipped at their clothes, their hair, their festive hats.
“Uhh ooh,” Wind howled as he started spinning out of control.
“It’s a whirlwind!” the kids screamed.
“Get inside!* their teacher yelled.
Cloud heard their cries and turned to see. “Oh my,” she thought. “This is all my fault.”
She zoomed back to where she began. She didn’t try to hold anything back or move out of the way.
It started to drizzle. The vortex disappeared.
The class stopped, looked up, and shouted “HOORAY!”
Sometimes it’s okay to have a little rain on your parade.
As always, we think, where’s the math? Everywhere, of course!
The likelihood of rain on Valentine’s Day can be calculated by weather forecasters, the amount of Valentine’s Day parties in elementary schools in America can be counted, and of course, we can count the number of times we do something to help and it ends up going awry instead.
For more math:
Here’s a fun blog post about timing storms Thunderstorms! It’s just math…
And here’s some fun statistics for you really awesome math people: Rain Probability.
Finally, here’s the science I used to get the thunder and lightning in the story: The Science of Lightning
Also, if you haven’t popped by to enter ti win Vivian Kirkfield’s Four Otters Toboggan, coming out in April here’s the link: https://mathiseverywhere439319476.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/interview-and-picture-book-giveaway-with-vivian-kirkfield/