# Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 2016

…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,… 0, 7

# How Many Donuts is That?

…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 columns could… 0, 7

# Delicious pumpkin pie

…y 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 Looking for more recipe… 0, 5

# Triple Crown possibilities, 2015

…miles per minute of horse racing, and learning about the measures of “hands” and “furlongs”. A lot of CCSS are addressed in this task. This is a very “number operations” heavy lesson full of rational number operations and conversions, see CCSS below. triple-crown2015.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. triple-crown2015.docx triple-crown2015-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.1, 5.NF.7, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 7.NS.3… 0, 5

# Black Friday, football, and giving

…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, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6,… 0, 28

# Longest NHL overtime games in history

…tch. 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, 6

# How Old Are You?

…l, 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, HSN.Q.A.1, MP1, MP7 For… 0, 4

# Vampire bats

…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 Yummymath lessons… 0, 4

# Chili Con Queso

…from Moe’s PR department giving the cost & a solution. Activity sheet: [email protected] For members we have an editable Word docx, teaching tips, and solution methods. [email protected] [email protected] CCSS: 5.NBT.5, 5.MD.1, 6.RP And of course you and your students could research other questions, like what does 42 gallons of queso look like? How many servings? How much fat? How many calories? Check out all current Yummymath lessons in one place at our Bird’s Eye… 0, 4

# Canstruction

…Act Two: How many cans does it take to build this structure? What information do you need to determine this? How did you determine your solution? What else did you notice that is mathematical? The Activity: Canstruction2015.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.3, 6.EE.1, 5.MD.5, 7.G.6, HSF.LE.2, MP.2, MP.3, MP.7 Act Three: For members we have a detailed solution and teacher tip page: Canstruction2015-solution.pdf and the Word docx if you would like to change the activity: Canstruction2015.docx You can also find a… 0, 4

# Possible activities in honor of Martin Luther King, 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, decide… 0, 4

# Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King

…te 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

# How Many Pennies did Otha Save?

…athematical thinking while practicing division and multiplication with decimals The number of pennies he saved: Actual original Article – nothing grayed out. For members we have teacher suggestions and teaching tips: Solutions-Teacher-Tips.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.3, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3, 7.EE.3 This activity could span a number of grade levels. Kids are estimating, reasoning and working with rational numbers. Finally, this is a great activity for high school students to engage in modeling and… 0, 4

# Raising the bar

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# Voyager on the edge

…speed units, get experience with an astronomical unit (AU), and appreciate the great reaches of space and how much we have achieved.. Voyager.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Voyager.doc Voyager-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.C, 5.MD.A, 6.RP, 7.RP, 8.EE This activity provides a lot of work with 7.RP.3.d, which is not always an easy standard to find examples of: Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or… 0, 3