# Big Burger

…on his website) for letting us know about the videos from the History Channel. Consider starting the activity with these videos. CCSS: 5.NF.6, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.1 The activity: BigBurger2014.pdf Three teachers in Georgia created a version of this post that they felt was suitable for their 5th grade students. Many thanks to Jenise Sexton, Michael Wiernicki, and Graham Fletcher for sharing their adaptation with all of us. largest-hamburger-ever-5th.pdf also CCSS: 5.NBT.7 For members we… 0, 3

# Cost of light bulbs – updated!

…kes for a great activity for Earth Day or really any other day of the year. Lots of math to be explored including work with decimals operations, order of operations, graphing, systems and piecewise functions. The task is accessible for students 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,… 0, 1

# Oscars 2014

…re used to let students calculate how the money of 1997 compares to the money of 2013. The idea of this comparison is to encourage students to develop their own understanding of exponential growth. This activity is accessible to students as young as 5th or 6th grade once they have become familiar with computing with exponents and percents. The activity is appropriate for middle schoolers and high schoolers as well by allowing students to generalize a formula for finding the… 0, 1

# Collecting the most candy!

…your student’s Halloween enthusiasm to do a study on volumes. We’ve created an activity that asks students to calculate the volume of candy containers that are silly and intriguing. Skip the cone and the sphere to make this activity more useful for 5th or 6th graders or include the whole activity to challenge with a little bit of percent work. Teachers might consider showing the students the images of candy containers above and asking students which they guess would hold the most candy. (You… 0, 1

# Longest NHL overtime games in history

Game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup between the Bruins and Blackhawks went into 3 overtimes. People stayed up way too late to watch the conclusion. The teams played 112 minutes and eight seconds of game time. The game went from about 7:15 central time to midnight central time. Did you know that Stanley Cup Playoff matches can last a really long time?There are usually few goals scored in hockey matches and a playoff match can not be finished as a tie. This has resulted in some very long NHL… 0, 0

# How much does it cost to go back to school?

Back to school spending is huge and students might not appreciate what it costs to send them back to, essentially, their job of learning. In this activitiy students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will all cost, confer with groups or partners 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… 0, 0

# Kilauea’s lava flow

Halema‘uma‘u Lights the Morning Sky – Photo taken from the overlook by the Volcano House on January 30, 2014 – NPS photo The volcano, Kilauea, on the Big Island of Hawaii, has been active and erupting since 2008. There are two lava flows at present and one is now approaching homes on the Big Island. This is another example of natural events that humans have no control over. We can just watch the flow’s rate and try to stay safely distant from the danger and destruction. In this activity… 0, 0

# Where have all the flowers … come from?

Next Friday is Valentine’s Day. Start the “love hoopla” with this graphic on where all of the flowers come from. This is part of the graphic from http://visual.ly/valentines-day-facts What fraction of these roses are shaded red? The red ones symbolize flowers that come from Columbia or Ecuador. What fact is this graphic of roses demonstrating? What other ways could they have demonstrated that fact? In this activity students can check out ways to demonstrate and visualize data. Two sections of… 0, 0

# Memorial Day, 2016

This Monday Americans will celebrate Memorial Day. Who are we honoring? How did the holiday come about? Is Memorial Day always on May 30th? Students learn a little about the history of the holiday, analyze the possibilities for when it is celebrated, and study the incredible numbers of deaths and casualties that have been caused by war. While trying to make conclusions and observations about the numbers, they can’t help but appreciate the terrible cost of war and the gift that those that… 0, 0

# Who can play in this play area?

We visited a Chic-fil-A recently. We had a great meal and my son loved playing in the play area. While at the play area I noticed two different signs that gave the age and height restrictions for the play area. So who can play in this play area? What combinations of ages and heights are allowed? How can you clearly and concisely show or represent ages and heights that can can’t play in the play area. The activity: Who-can-play-here.pdf… 0, 0

# Does it pay to get educated?

Why should students do well in school, graduate high school, or go on to college? In this activity median earnings by various education levels are explored. Students compare the earnings of a non-high school grad with workers who graduated high school and went on to complete higher education degrees. Hopefully, after completing this lesson, students will have a little more motivation to do well this school year and in the future. Getting educated isn’t all or only about money. Education… 0, 0

# Who had the greatest NBA season ever?

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the 2016 NBA MVP winner and his nomination was unanimous. How do his season stack up against some of the all-time greats? Who had the greatest NBA season of all time? Which player contributed the greatest amount of offensive production to their team? Start out this activity by showing the students the following data (the table shows arguably the best season statistically for each player). Ask students to consider who had the greatest NBA season… 0, 0

# Triple Crown possibilities, 2015

Victor Espinoza riding American Pharoah American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown !!! Now American Pharaoh is the first ever horse to win not only the Triple Crown but also the Breeder’s Cup race = Grand Slam! Never done before. American Pharaoh has now won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness horse races. Will he win on June 6th at the Belmont stakes race and be the first Triple Crown winner since 1975? Affirmed was the last horse to win this title. It’s been a long time. Involve your students in… 0, 0

# Crop circles

In the travel section of our newspaper this week, Wiltshire, England was a recommended destination to see Stonehendge and crop circles ……….. crop circles? Many of the crop circles in England appear mysteriously overnight. They are often huge but appear quite suddenly. Theories of their makers range from aliens to extreme weather. The spookiness of this activity will engage students as they find the potential of compass and ruler. crop-circles.pdf CCSS: 7.G, 8.G, HSG For members we have… 0, 0