Fireworks on your calculator – Let your students experiment with their graphing calculators to create a nice fireworks display? We’ve written a brief activity that questions students about manipulating parabolas, adjusting their calculator windows, and helping them celebrate whatever. Or consider using Desmos or Geogebra to…

# Algebra

These posts help students see patterns and relationships.

# Coloring with Pascal’s Triangle … Binomial expansion

Working with Pascal’s Triangle offers some interesting and varied mathematics. We love to color and the end result is pretty! Here is the first of 3 activities using Pascal’s coloring. This Binomial expansion activity could be used alone or coupled…

# The longest day

On Monday, June 20th, at 06:34 pm EST, the Earth’s North Pole will be tilted as far towards the Sun as it will ever be in the year. This marks the longest day of the year and the summer solstice in the…

# Father’s Day ideas

Blueberry Muffins is a short activity that asks students to change the amounts in a blueberry muffin recipe to multiples of and fractions of a ¼ cup measuring cup (multiplication and division with unit fractions). fathers-day-muffins.pdf For members we have an…

# Which is most expensive?

Who knew that creams for your face could be so expensive! I’m going to have to rethink what to buy for my mom. Which of these high priced cremes is most expensive? In this activity students observe some prices of…

# Games with dice

Time to let students become naturally curious about probability. In this activity students work in teams to record the frequency of rolled dice combinations. They observe the difference between experimental and theoretical outcomes and consider how sample size affects how the…

# Leicester City Foxes – from underdogs to Champions

Recently, to the surprise and elation of England and the world, the Leicester City Foxes became the winners of the British football association’s Premier League. What was the big deal? Let’s look at what this win will mean for the…

# NBA Finals, 2016

Celebrate the NBA and NBA Finals by involving your students in interpreting what can be deduced from graphical representations. In this activity students consider scatter plots, circle graphs, bar graphs, Venn Diagrams and the concept of mean. To start the…

# 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…

# 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…

# How long until they collide?

Show the beginning of the video. Stop the video at about 39 seconds. Take guesses from students. Have kids work individually on the problem for a few minutes or more, followed by partner work. You might project the image below for…

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# Should I replace my toilets?

I’m trying to be more savy about wasting our resources. I have really old fashioned toilets and I’m trying to figure out if I should invest in saving water. Can you help me? The activity: PottyTalk.pdf CCSS: 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF.IF.B.4, HSF.IF.B.6, HSF.IF.C.7, HSF.IF.C.9, HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.B.5

# Powerball jackpot continues to rise in value

One winner last night in New Jersey! Now the jackpot is back to ONLY 40 million. The Saturday night Powerball drawing is expected to have a winning Jackpot prize of $415,000,000. Examine compound probability to decide if playing Powerball is worth…

# Double Discount

Wow, check out this sale! I’m gonna be able to get this great hoodie so cheap! If I use the promo code what will be the total percent off? The activity: DoublePercentOff.pdf CCSS: 6RP.3, 7.RP.3, HSF.IF.C.8b, HSF.LE.A.1c