Do I have enough wrapping paper?

…seful information pdf below) Students can then work towards determining if one sheet will completely wrap the box. Take the opportunity to share student ideas and reasoning. As an extension we ask students to consider what the smallest sized piece of paper is that can be used to wrap this box and if they can devise a way to know, in general, if the wrapping paper is going to be sufficient for a certain sized box. The activity: EnoughPaper.pdf Useful information: Useful-info.pdf CCSS: 6.G.1,… 0, 6

How Many Donuts is That?

…ts, 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 give this exact… 0, 8

Foil prank

…groups have presented, have the class add all of the answers together to make a grand total for the class. Using this information and the cost of the heavy duty aluminum foil, calculate the total cost. Note that it is \$27.56 for two rolls of 150 square feet each. That gives a unit rate of approximately 9.3 cents per square foot. Enjoy and huge thanks to Robert Kaplinsky for this interesting and tricky activity. CCSS: 6.G.4, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G.6, HSG.MG.1 Sources:… 0, 6

Chocolates

…ch solution method studnts use, consider having students report their thinking through a doc camera. Focus on student’s mathematical ideas and problem solving strategies. The concept of area as a measure of covering should be the theme of the sharing and class discussion. You may also consider using actual chocolates of different shapes and sizes as a class activity like two of my colleagues and friends did in their classrooms: CCSS: 3.MD.5 , 3.MD.6 , 6.G.1 , 7.G.4 , 7.G.6 Chocolate.pdf… 0, 6

Chocolates and area

…ch solution method studnts use, consider having students report their thinking through a doc camera. Focus on student’s mathematical ideas and problem solving strategies. The concept of area as a measure of covering should be the theme of the sharing and class discussion. You may also consider using actual chocolates of different shapes and sizes as a class activity like two of my colleagues and friends did in their classrooms: CCSS: 3.MD.5 , 3.MD.6 , 6.G.1 , 7.G.4 , 7.G.6 Chocolate.pdf… 0, 6

Saint Patrick’s Day

…- They’ve done it again. In Chicago, the local plumbers union “dyed” the Chicago River emerald green. Students learn what PPM (parts per million) means and attempt to figure out how much dye is used to sufficiently color the river. CCSS: 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G McDonald’s seasonally serves its Shamrock Shake for Saint Patrick’s Day. Add a little nutrition math to your celebration. In this post we look at calories, carbohydrates, sugars, fats, and proteins to decide what would be left for our… 0, 6

Giant Snickers bar

…Wow! This snickers bar is huge! Act 1 – Big question = How many times bigger than a regular Snickers bar is this? What info would you like to know? How are you going to judge how much bigger this is … weight, dimensions, volume? This picture of the two Snickers bars together is courtesy of Jason Liebig from CollectingCandy.com. This is a regular Snickers with a Slice and Share. Act 2: Useful info: GiantSnickersInfo.pdf length of fun size Width of fun size… 0, 0

Amazing LEGO Fireman

…age their class estimates. How close will they be to the actual time for construction and quantity of LEGO blocks? Additional LEGO Fireman Pics: Clicking on an image opens the fireman’s picture larger, expandable and in a new window. The activity: LEGOfireman.pdf More notes on the model from LEGO, LEGOCustomer-Service.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions with teaching suggestions. LEGOfireman.doc LEGOfireman-solutions.pdf CCSS: 6.G.2, 7.G.6, 8.G.9 ,HSG.MG.A.1, MP.1, MP.2,… 0, 5

Monster cake

…ea covered by M&Ms to approximate how many M&Ms she needs to finish her cake. When Brian tried to make the cake, he mistakenly added too much peanut butter. Now all the ingredients will have to be increased by what percent? Do the math! monster-cake2016.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. monster-cake2016.docx monster-cake-solutions2016.pdf CCSS: 5.NF, 6.G.4, 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.G.6… 0, 5

Possible activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr

…lines 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 what they can… 0, 5

Pre-winter holiday activities!

…Do I have enough wrapping paper? – Students estimate the size of a gift and decide if the given wrapping paper is going to be enough. Finally they try to create a rule for determining enough wrapping paper from a present’s dimensions. 6.EE.A, 6.G.1, 6.G.4, 6.G.A, 7.EE.B, 7.G.6, 7.G.B, HSG.MG.A.3, MP5 Wrapping presents on the diagonal – Dr. Sara Santos has figured out the most efficient way to wrap presents with no waste. Why does this work? Let students wrap packages in class traditionally and… 0, 27

Pizza Deals

…square pizza compare to the area of a circular pizza? Technology: As students grapple with comparing the area of a square and the area of a circle with the same diameter/side length have them explore this Geogebratube app on area relations. The activity: pizza-deals.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. pizza-deals.docx pizza-deals-solutions.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.3, 6.G.1, 6.RP.3, 7.G.4… 0, 4

Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King

…lines. 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 timelines…. 0, 4

Making a ghost costume

…! In this activity young students can reason about the potential of a sheet, cut in a very defined circular shape, becoming a Halloween ghost costume. Notions of head diameter, sheet length, less than and greater than will all come into their reasoning. The activity: SheetGhost.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. SheetGhost.docx SheetGhost-solution.pdf CCSS: 6.G.A.4, 7.G.A, 7.G.B… 0, 4

Big Papi

…ivity after completing page 1 together. Follow the flow of the activity sheet, let students go through the modeling process. Make sure to orchestrate student sharing of reasoning. After highlighting student thinking show the video at the bottom of this post to reveal the number of donuts. The Activity: BigPapiActivitySheet.pdf For members: Word Docx and Teachers Guide: BigPapiActivitySheet.docx BigPapiActivitySheet-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.3, 6.G.1, 6.RP.3, 7.G.3 The Solution: Thanks to Jen… 0, 4