Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Lunar New Year, and Groundhog Day (14 activities)

How have the cost of Super Bowl ads changed?puppy-love - Students analyze and graph our data of all of the previous Super Bowls and decide whether the change in ad cost is linear, exponential, or something else.  Then they predict the cost of the future ads.

Super Bowl Numerals - Roman numerals are rarely taught in our curriculum but they are used in our society.  Give students a chance to do some really cool addition with Roman numerals and refresh their meaning.

Typical Super Bowl scores - Encourage your students to guess what the final Super Bowl score will be.  Analyze the data in class finding the mean, median and range of past game scores.  Then give students the opportunity to correct their predictions.  Follow up after the game.

4th down - Use data to analyze whether to "go for it", punt, or kick a field goal.

4.5millionSuper Bowl Ads & Scientific Notation: Write those big commercial cost numbers with scientific notation & reflect on favorite commercials.

MardiGras-masksMardi Gras - Tuesday, February 9, 2016, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent.  Mardi Gras is the last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence.  In New Orleans revelers throw and collect purple, green, and gold beads. Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity.

Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year. Year of the Monkey

Lunar New Year begins on Monday, February 8th. This will be the year of the Fire Monkey.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of year names that repeat every 60 years. (Don't tell your students this number.)

Students explore the least common multiple of two cycles without ever hearing the term LCM.  They become a little more aware of Chinese culture and the major significance of this annual event, while they “do the math”.

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Super Bowl ads

Budweiser's "Puppy Love" commercial from Super Bowl XLIII

Here's one more Super Bowl analysis to motivate your students: 5 million dollars for a 30-second ad.  That is how much a one-half minute commercial will cost during the 2016 Super Bowl game.  Wonder how much it will be in the future?

Students plot the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad over the past 49 Super Bowls. How has the cost of a NFL Super Bowl ad changed over time? Has it grown linearly? Exponentially? or what?

The accuracy of Punxsutawney Phil

groundhog February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil will again, with great ceremony, come out of his burrow and look for his shadow. There's nothing like a cute animal picture to make your students smile as they calculate the relative frequency of Phil's upcoming prediction.

This year the Super Bowl numbers are different!


Super Bowl numbers are appearing again but this Super Bowl is not numbered in Roman numerals.  Use all of the history of the Super Bowl to help your students understand the mechanism and rationale behind Roman numerals. In this activity they learn the rules for evaluating Roman Numerals, decipher copyright dates, see how they are used today, and do some strange looking arithmetic and surprisingly easy computation. Consider starting this activity by asking students which Super Bowl is depicted in each NFL shirt:   

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