How long will it take you to trick or treat?

…your students share their 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,… 0, 8

The Star Wars phenomena continues

…r Excel calculation sheet, and solutions. StarWarsProfitability2017.docx StarWarsEarnings2.xlsx StarWarsProfitability2017-solution.pdf Depending on the grade level and the way students approach the problem many different CCSS can be addressed: CCSS: 4.NBT.5, 4.NBT.6, 4.OA.2, 4.OA.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, 6.NS.2, 7.NS.3, MP3 If you would like another Star Wars activity, The Force Awakens lets students try to predict the movie’s long-run take from only its opening weekend activity. 8.SP.1 , 8.SP.2 ,… 0, 8

Raising the bar

…ions. Recovered-ingots.doc Recovered-ingots-solution.pdf… 0, 6

…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-parade2016.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. macys-day-parade2016.docx… 0, 6

Which is the best deal?

…any of 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… 0, 5

How Many Donuts is That?

…ution 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 rows and… 0, 4

Moneymaking holiday movies

…percent increase, consider the most appropriate graphical representation and graph the data … along with sharing what they have seen and enjoyed. Student activity: top10HolidayMovies2016.pdf For members we have a Word docx, an Excel sheet of data/graphs and solutions/hints. top10holidaymovies2016.docx 10highestgrosingmovies2016.xlsx top10holidaymovies2016-solutions.pdf CCSS: 4.OA.3, 4.NBT.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5d… 0, 4

Flag Art

…reate whole number ratios for the official U.S. flag; decide how our artistic flags will be different from the official flag; make stars from regular pentagons, and finally create a flag design in honor of Memorial Day. The activity: Flags.pdf CCSS: 4.NBT, 4.NFB, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, 7.G.1 Pentagon Cut-outs: SmallPentagons.pdf RegularPentagons.pdf VariousPentagons.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solution/teacher tips. Flags.docx… 0, 4

4th of July

…ra to create these fireworks. Enjoy! CCSS: HSA.SSE, HSF.IF Flag Art – A little ratio art might be a fun way to get ready for July 4th. In this past Memorial Day activity students measure; create whole number ratios for the official U.S. flag; decide how our artistic flags will be different from the official flag; make stars from regular pentagons, and finally create a flag design in honor of the fourth. CCSS: 4.NBT, 4.NFB, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, 7.G.1… 0, 4

Pick-a-brick wall at the Lego store

…et your students 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… 0, 4

World Cup – How many ways?

…From then on each round is a knock-out round … if you lose then you are out. Let your students enjoy learning about what they are watching and question what and how much each team must do. There is so much math in the World Cup games. Enjoy! CCSS: 4.NBT.4, 7.G.1, 7.SP.8, MP.1 The activity: WorldCup-part-III.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. WorldCup-part-III.docx WorldCup-part-III-solution.pdf Also check out our two other World Cup math activities: World Cup teams… 0, 3

How much does it cost to go back to school?

…rs to refine their lists, and then research to find out more accurately how much it will probably cost to send them back to school. This activity could be used for students in upper elementary school all the way to high school. It offers an opportunity for kids to get estimating, researching, reasoning, calculating and communication skills honed for the coming year. The activity: BackToSchoolCosts2016.pdf Sample-back-to-school-checklists.pdf Present minimumwage-by-state2016.pdf CCSS: 4.OA.3,… 0, 3

Soda Santa

…hers. Depending on what you focus on, this task could work in 3rd through 7th grade classrooms. The activity: Soda-Santa.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Soda-Santa.doc Soda-Santa-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, 4.NBT.5 , 5.NBT.5 , 7.SP.5 , 7.SP.7a Also check out this blogpost about the Soda Santa lesson for additional lesson ideas and developing intellectual need. Here is another math educator writing about using the soda santa activity with her class. As… 0, 3

Soda Menorah

…different methods for finding the number of 12 packs or cans in this display. Let kids have an opportunity to find the number of packs or cans on their own and communicate their reasoning to others. Depending on what you focus on, this task could work in 3rd through 7th grade classrooms. The activity: Soda-Menorah.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Soda-Menorah.docx Soda-Menorah-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, 4.NBT.5 , 5.NBT.5 , 7.SP.5 , 7.SP.7a As an… 0, 3