# Does it pay to get educated?

…ted.pdf Ken Waldman of Newton Public Schools, modified our post to make it a little easier for his students. This is his modification: does-it-pay-to-get-educated-Waldman.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc, an Excel sheet of the data and chart, and solutions. does-it-pay-to-get-educated.doc income&ed-level.xlsx does-it-pay-to-get-educated-solutions.pdf CCSS: 4.OA.2, 5.NBT.5, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, 6.SP.3 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.4, MP.1, MP.3… 0, 10

# Who had the greatest NBA season ever?

…pute with our formula. How many different ways might your students write the expression: Total Offensive Production = p + (2.1)a + (1.05)r + (1.05)b + (1.05)s + (-1.05)t This is also an excellent time to introduce formula use in Excel to your classes. Enjoy! The Activity: best-NBA-season-ever2016.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc, an Excel file, and solutions. best-NBA-season-ever2016.docx greatest-season-ever2016.xls best-NBA-season-ever2016-solutions.pdf CCSS: 5.OA.1 , 5.NBT.7 ,… 0, 10

# Cruising

…se ship mishaps and disasters this year. While these are in the news, let your students consider how these floating cities manage their resources and which of their needs are precarious as they calculate the per day and per cruise requirements. There’s plenty of room here for some fun extentions using our sewage numbers. Let us know of your ideas (or the kids)! Cruising.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Cruising.doc Cruising-solutions.pdf CCSS: 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3… 0, 10

# Cost of light bulbs – updated!

…tudents from 5th grade through high school. Students might also want to compare the costs of each bulb over time for various number of bulbs in their home using this interactive Desmos graphing application. LightBulbs2016.pdf CCSS: 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.1, 6.EE.9, 8.EE.8, HSF.IF.C.7.B, HSA.REI.C.6, HSA.CED.A.2 For members we have a Word docx, and Excel sheet with loads of data, and solutions and teacher suggestions below. LightBulbs2016.docx Bulbs2016.xlsx… 0, 9

# How Many Pennies did Otha Save?

…ing 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 practice basic… 0, 8

# Triple Crown possibilities, 2015

…bout 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, 7

# The Boston Marathon

…s. Make an educated guess as to the fastest marathon time. We’ve gathered a lot of great data and asked some sensible and some surprising rate questions. Enjoy the conversation of page 1 of the activity as a class task and then set your students to work calculating the rest. BostonMarathon2015.pdf   For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions with teaching suggestions. BostonMarathon.docx BostonMarathon-solutions.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1 We also… 0, 7

# How should I cook my turkey?

…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 You could begin this lesson with this funny but… 0, 7

# Free Pizza for a Whole Stadium?

…Tips and word docs for members: Pizzas-for-stadium-of-fans.docx Pizza-to-feed-a-stadium-of-fans-solutions&tips.pdf This activity could span a number of grade levels. Kids are estimating, reasoning and working with rational numbers CCSS: 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3, 7.EE.3. Could also address area of circles as students consider pizza sizes: 7.G.4. Finally, this is a great activity for high school students to engage in modeling and practice basic operations with rational numbers. It is also very… 0, 6

# Black Friday, football, and giving

…ervings 7½ pounds of potatoes would make. 5.NF.6 , 5.NF.6 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6. RP.3 , 7.RP.1 How should I cook my turkey? – Students judge timing, cost, tastiness, and quantity necessary as they plan for the feast. 4.MD.1, 5.NBT.7, 4.MD.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3 Great video on a deep frying fire with William Shatner. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade – Students study a map of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, describe, measure and hypothesize why this route was chosen. Then they calculate how… 0, 39

# An ounce of cola

…stem. Which was easier or more efficient, comparing quantities in metric or in U.S. units? Interesting discoveries and discussion should ensue. Thanks to Joe Laskowski, a 6th grade math teacher from Bloomfield, CT, sent us this great unit pricing activity. Also, thanks to Sniff Programming for the idea of incorporating in the U.S. units versus metric units portion of the task. The activity: Cola-by-Ounce.pdf CCSS: 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions… 0, 6

# Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 2016

…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,… 0, 6

# Cheap-otle?

…to one million dollars to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Teachers, give your students time to ponder and discuss these questions: How realistic is it for Chipolte to sell one million dollars worth of \$3 burritos in one night? What more information would you like to have to decide if this is even possible? Student activity handout: Boorito_2015.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Boorito_2015.docx Boorito2015-solution.pdf CCSS: 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 7.EE.3 MP.1, MP.2,… 0, 8

# Going bananas

…banana deal is the better deal. Clicking on these small images will show them larger in a new window. 3 bananas 6 bananas Student’s record keeping sheet, plus extension questions: Bananas.pdf For teachers we have an editable Word docx and some thoughts and solutions: Bananas.docx Banana-thoughts.pdf This activity can address CCSS: 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.4, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3… 0, 5

# How high can a gymnastic score be?

…ic routine in the 1976 Olympics. But the scoring has changed dramatically. Let your students begin to understand the new scoring while they come to grips with what is required now, what a high score is, how to calculate it and what to look for in the 2016 Women’s competition. The activty: perfect-10-2016.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. perfect-10-2016.docx perfect-10-2016-solution.pdf CCSS: 5.NBT.7, 6.EE.2, 6.NS.3 See more of the present competition:… 0, 4