# Monthly Archives for November 2011

## Glowing Rectangles

Did you ever  notice that people spend lots of time staring at their screens (glowing rectangles).  Kids spend hours each day using television, computers, mobile devices and so on.  Use that interest to motivate your student’s analysis of screen ratios. … Continue reading

29. November 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Consumer Spending

We spend a lot money as consumers in the U.S. In this activity we look at historical data to see if their are any patterns in our spending.  How does or holiday spending show up in these graphs?  What accounts … Continue reading

26. November 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Black Friday Savings

When shopping this Friday, students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to the trip after calculating savings in dollars and percents with this very timely investigation. CCSS: 6.RP.3 , 7.EE.2 , 7.EE3 black-friday.pdf And for members we … Continue reading

20. November 2011 by Leslie
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## Not Enough Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving

Using his famous mashed potato recipe, Brian has asked students to change decimals to fractions, to calculate ingredient measures for various-sized Thanksgiving gatherings, to explain their thinking in calculating these figures, and to judge how many servings could be created … Continue reading

16. November 2011 by oldmanmarks
Categories: Algebra, Holidays and Annual Events, Math and Food, Number Sense | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

## Largest Cup of Coffee Ever!

The world record for the largest cup of coffee was recently set (see picture above).  In this activity students explore scale, similar figures, volume and measurement as they estimate the amount of coffee that this record-sized mug holds.  Students also … Continue reading

13. November 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Launch of the next ISS crew

If all goes well, the next crew of the International Space Station (the ISS) will launch on Sunday, Novemeber 13, 2011 from the  Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Keep your student informed and excited about what is happening above our planet … Continue reading

10. November 2011 by Leslie
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## Parabolic Pee

Mr. Mark’s new little baby can make some amazingly tall streams.  Give your class a little chuckle as you introduce them to parabolic motion with this very short analysis of Mr. Mark’s baby’s talent. CCSS: 8.F.5, A-CED.2, A-REI, G-MG.3 Parabolic-pee.doc  … Continue reading

08. November 2011 by Leslie
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## Veterans Day 2011

As Veterans Day approaches, let your students learn about and appreciate the meaning of the day by analyzing the powerful data that we’ve supplied. Students can use our numbers to create questions for their classmates … questions that are intended … Continue reading

06. November 2011 by Leslie
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## Fantasy Football

As the football season starts again, Brian introduces students to Fantasy Football. Students first calculate football points given touchdowns, yardage gains and fantasy pass interceptions. They are then challenged to create and use equations to explain their method of calculation. Finally students … Continue reading

02. November 2011 by oldmanmarks
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