# Someone ate my cake!

…his interactive fraction models app from NCTM Illuminations can be a useful tech tool allowing kids to recreate the left over cake while the application gives students the corresponding fraction. The activity: Someone-ate-my-cake.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx document and solutions. Someone-ate-my-cake.docx Ate-my-cake-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.NF.1, 3.G.2, 4.NF.3, 4.NF.4, 4.MD.5, 4.MD.6, 5.NF.4… 0, 8

# Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 2016

…r 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-parade2016.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. macys-day-parade2016.docx… 0, 8

# How long will it take you to trick or treat?

…times, reasoning & trick or treating strategies. For homework or an extension have students use Google Earth to bring up a map of their own neighborhood. Have students plan their own trick or treating route. They should try to make their route as efficient as possible and estimate the time their route will require. Student handouts: How-long-will-it-take2014.pdf and if you would like a grid: How-long-will-it-take-with-grid2014.pdf CCSS: 3.NBT.2, 4.NBT.4, 4.NBT.5, 4.MD.2, 4.MD.3, MP.1, MP.2,… 0, 7

# Raising the bar

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# Delicious pumpkin pie

…ugh we don’t specifically ask for it consider this an opportunity to get into same system unit conversions, such as ounces to cups, or cups to pints, teaspoons to tablespoons, ect. Kids shouldn’t have to memorize formulas, but should know how to apply them. We have included unit conversions in the solutions. Student Activity Sheet: Yum-pie.pdf for members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Yum-pie.doc Yum-pie-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.1, 4.NF.4, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3… 0, 6

# How Many Donuts is That?

…g on solution method, age level of students, and the conversations you are having in class. What might come up? different areas or arrays, scale, estimation, volume and in particular volume by multiplying the base area by the number of layers. CCSS: 4.MD.3, 4.NBT.5, 4.OA.3, 5.MD.3, 5.MD.5, 6.G.1, 6.G.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 7.G.6, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP6, MP7 ExtraInfo.pdf Act Three: This news clip gives the solution. Sequel: Now that you know how many donuts are in the box, what dimensions and number of… 0, 6

# How Old Are You?

…Depending on grade level, you might use this activity as a way to introduce or review unit conversions (see the example from the Arizona CCSS flip books below): CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.D : Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities. Finally, students can double check their estimates & calculations using this TI calculator: The activity: How_Old_Are_You.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.MD.1, 6.RP.3,… 0, 5

# Vampire bats

…o relate those sizes to quantities that they are familiar with. Simply enjoy the season with this slightly creepy activity … metric and customary units, size and weight comparisons, and blood-sucking bats. The activity: VampireBats.pdf CCSS: 2.MD, 4.MD.A, 4.NF.C,5.MD.A, HSN, HSM For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions with teaching suggestions. VampireBats.docx VampireBats-solutions.pdf Consider starting your class with this National Geographic video. Check out all current… 0, 5

# Black Friday, football, and giving

…e how long each band will be marching and at what time they will arrive at the finish. Students even approximate the volume of two parade balloons including the Skylander Eruptor balloon, and from three year’s ago, the Wizard of Oz balloon. 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 Delicious pumpkin pie – Students estimate, multiply fractions and use proportional reasoning as they calculate the ingredients necessary for my wonderful pie. 4.MD.1, 4.NF.4,… 0, 26

# Which is the best deal?

…these 2 For 1 deals will show the image larger in a new window. How do you calculate and justify which deal is a better savings? By dollars saved? By percent saved? By some other measure? The activity: WhichDealOffersMostValue.pdf CCSS: 4.OA, 4.NBT, 4.MD.A, 5.NBT, 6.RP, 6.EE, 7.RP, 7.EE.A For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel sheet of calculations, and a solution/hints page. WhichDealOffersMostValue.docx WhichDealOffersMostValue-Solution.pdf SnacksBestValueActivity.xlsx Click here… 0, 4

# How should I cook my turkey?

…I have to wake up to begin preparations? How long will the cooking take? How much will it cost? How many can I feed? Will there be enough mashed potatoes? I feel panic coming on! The activity: TurkeyDinner.pdf For members we have solutions and a Word docx to amend or enhance our plan. Turkey-dinner.docx Turkey-dinner-solution.pdf CCSS: Depending on what grade level you’re teaching & what you’re focusing on different standards can be addressed: 4.MD.1, 5.NBT.7, 4.MD.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3… 0, 4

# Longest NHL overtime games in history

…L playoff match. Also, be sure to see if the Bruins and Blackhawks game one of the Stanley Cup falls in this top ten list of longest hockey games ever played and if the ratio of game minutes to TV minutes holds up to our 1:2.5 estimate. Enjoy! Longest_NHL_Matches_Ever.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Longest_NHL_Matches_Ever.doc Longest_NHL_Matches_Ever-solutions.pdf CCSS: 3.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.MD.1, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.6, 6.EE.7, 6.SP.3, 7.RP.2, 7.RP.3… 0, 4

# Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King

…n create both timelines. Using both timelines students can make make comparisons and connections between the two timelines. They can connect King’s life and the progress of equal rights. MLK-timeline-task.pdf CivilRightsProgress-task.pdf CCSS: 3.MD, 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G For members we have editable Word docs. MLK-timeline-task.doc CivilRightsProgress-task.doc For teachers who are not interested in the task of creating an equally spaced and appropriate time line, below are some blank… 0, 4

# Possible activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr

…ng, Jr. – Two timelines that show the rate and spacing of progress. One timeline about events and accomplisments of Martin Luther King, Jr Second timeline about the progress made in America, so far, towards racial balance and equal opportunity 3.MD, 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G Data on the National Mall sites – Two data analysis activities about the National Mall. Who we honor – Students look at the individuals who are memorialized on the National Mall and, using fractions or percents,… 0, 4

# Pick-a-brick wall at the Lego store

…ts conferring with each other, making guesses, and explaining their reasoning. Students try to determine the number of Lego bins on this giant wall. Students think about arrays and multiplication as they consider a reasonable quantity of Lego bins in this three-act task. We have a PowerPoint presentation for all to use: LegoWallActivity.pptx For members we have a teaching suggestion and solution document. legowall-teachers.pdf CCSS: 3.OA.3, 4.NBT.5, 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5 Special thanks to math… 0, 3