Halloween and October activities

DevelopmentHow many houses can you get to – It’s Halloween. Time to trick or treat.  How long will it take you to get to all of these houses?  This is a very open ended task, counting, trick or treating strategies, distance and more.

SheetGhostMake a ghost costume from a sheet – In this activity young students can reason about the potential of a sheet, cut in a very defined circular shape, becoming a Halloween ghost costume. Notions of head diameter, sheet length, less than and greater than will all come into their reasoning.lots-o-candy

Pack it in candy containers – Use your student’s Halloween enthusiasm to do a study on volumes.  We’ve created an activity that asks students to calculate the volume of candy containers that are silly and intriguing.  Skip the cone and the sphere to make this activity more useful for 5th or 6th graders or include the whole activity to challenge with a little bit of percent work.

az_vampire_batVampire bats – We’ve found lots of interesting metric and customary unit facts about Vampire bats and asked students to relate those facts to measurements that they are familiar with.

candy-dealsCandy deals – We found big mixed bags of candy at really good prices … we think.  Students are asked to decide which would be the best deal and the worst deal on candy.  They can also create their own mixed bags.  This activity has unit pricing, philosophy of candy collecting, and Excel if you would like to use technology.

Chocolate and area – In this activity students approximate the volume (through finding the morsel’s base area) of three different pieces of chocolate.  The chocolates are shaped like a heart, a bat (for Halloween) and a chocolate turtle irregular shape.

booritoHalloween Boorritos again this year – For Halloween 2014, Chipotle is offering $3 burritos to customer who come in dressed in their Halloween costumes after 4 p.m. on October 31st.  Chipotle will donate up to one million dollars to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

  • How realistic is it for Chipolte to raise one million dollars?
  • What more information would you like to have to decide if this is even possible?

Holiday candy sales – This activity he asks students to translate a pie chart of information on candy sales to actual dollars spent for Halloween, Easter, Christmas and Hanuka, and Valentine’s Day.

giant-pumpkin2Pie and giant pumpkins – Students use proportions to calculate the quantities of pumpkin puree and the number of pumpkin pies that could be made from one of these huge, world record winning pumpkins.

pumpkin-pie1Pumpkin pie – How many pies should I make?  How much of each ingredient will I need? What quantities should I buy at the grocery store?  Engage your students in estimation, multiplication of fractions and proportional reasoning.

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How much should a World Series commercial cost? – Students compare the cost and viewership of a World Series ad to a super Bowl ad and, using line of best fit, approximate future World Series ads.

Scary costumes – Every year Americans spend lots of money on Halloween and Halloween costumes. Use Brian’s data on Halloween spending in America to engage your students in an analysis of the ratios of population, participation, and money spent in honor of October 31st.

Pack it in

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Use your student’s Halloween enthusiasm to do a study on volumes.  We’ve created an activity that asks students to calculate the volume of candy containers that are silly and intriguing.  Skip the cone and the sphere to make this activity more useful for 5th or 6th graders or include the whole activity to challenge with a little bit of percent work.

Making a ghost costume

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Whoops! Maybe I need a larger sheet.

I’m going to make a costume pattern to sell.  People can buy my plan and make awesome, long, full, scary, ghost costumes.  This scheme will be so simple.  Perhaps I’ll get rich!

In this activity young students can reason about the potential of a sheet, cut in a very defined circular shape, becoming a Halloween ghost costume. Notions of head diameter, sheet length, less than and greater than will all come into their reasoning.

How long will it take you to trick or treat?

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It’s Halloween and this is your neighborhood. How long will it take you to trick or treat at every house in your neighborhood?

Possible conversation with students:

  • How long will it take you to get from house to house? You should stay on the sidewalks. You may have to avoid landscaping and cars.
  • How long will it take you to get your candy at each house? (Other trick or treaters could be in your way.  You may have to wait for your friends.)
  • Are you better off going back and forth across the street or going up one side and then back down the other?

Halloween Booritos again this year!

One of my favorite foods is a burrito.  One of my favorite places to get a burrito is Chipotle.  Their food is delicious and environmentally friendly.

For Halloween 2014, Chipotle is running the following promotion and charity drive.  Chipotle is offering $3 burritos to customer who come in dressed in their Halloween costumes after 5 p.m. on October 31st.  Chipotle will donate up to one million dollars to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

Teachers, give your students time to ponder and discuss these questions:

  • How realistic is it for Chipolte to sell one million dollars worth of $3 burritos in one night? 
  • What more information would you like to have to decide if this is even possible?

Vampire bats

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Ooooo. Scary!  This is a slightly didactic activity on vampire bats.  We’ve given lots of interesting metric and customary unit facts and asked students to relate those sizes to quantities that they are familiar with.  Simply enjoy the season with this slightly creepy new activity.  … metric and customary units, size and weight comparisons, and blood-sucking bats.