3rd Graders & Their Future

Inevitably when teaching math to kids the words, “When will I ever have to use this when I get older?” comes up.

And when it came up, I asked my group of 3rd  graders what they want to be when they grow up.

I heard, “Medical Assistant.”

Easy – fractions & decimals for medicines

I heard, “Artist.”

A Little Harder – measurement for the scale of objects in painting

I heard, “Cage Fighter.”

Hard – Money – to know how much to pay your manager

And then I heard, “Vegetarian.”








“What do you want to be?”

“A vegetarian when I grow up.”

Impossible – “Ah, I guess you need to know how to measure when you are a vegetarian…”

“But what about the dogs?”

“Do you mean you want to be a veterinarian?”

“Yes, that’s what I said, I want to be a vegetarian when I grow up. I want to help dogs and cats.”

Veterinarian – Easy – Must have knowledge of math for temperatures, medicines, and animal weights

I think I just might want to be a 3rd grader when I grow up, they are hilarious.


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