Students study a map of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, describe, measure and hypothesize why this route was chosen. Then they calculate how long each band will be marching and what time they will arrive at the finish.
Students even approximate the volume of two parade balloons including Sponge Bob and last year's new Wizard of Oz balloon. Very fun and very timely with lots of Common Core standards addressed. Try the whole activity or any of the different tasks in the activity with your class.
Bob Olsen, a 5th/6th grade math teacher from Illinois, sent us this activity a few year ago. We've updated it again this year with the parade's current facts and balloons.
Student Handout: macys-day-parade2014.pdf
For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.