Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, 2015

This year will be the first time that an Angry Bird character will be in the parade. This is Red.

This year will be the first time that an Angry Bird character will be in the parade. This is Red.

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 Angry Bird, Red, and from two year's ago, the Wizard of Oz balloon. Very fun and 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.

CCSS:  4.NBT.4 , 4.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.NBT.6, 5.MD.1, 5.MD.5b, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3, 7.G.1, HSG.MG.1

Happy Thanksgiving!

Student Handout: macys-day-parade2015.pdf

For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.

 macys-day-parade2015.docx       macys-day-parade2015-solution.pdf

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