Algebra

These posts help students see patterns and relationships.

NFL draft picks

Every spring, roughly 250 college football players are drafted by NFL teams through the NFL draft.  Team rosters, careers, and multi-million dollar contracts are on the line …  This is one of the biggest days of a football players life.…

Earth Day, 2015

Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day.  We have two great activities to help students appreciate the beauty and fragility of where we live.  The Blue Marble – Students compare maps with this famous photo and check to see which characteristics are maintained…

Figuring planting dates

It’s time to get ready to plant my garden again.  But here in Boston we have to start our seeds indoors to give them a head start before we can put plants outside. How should I figure out when to plant my…

Passover macaroons

Passover begins this year on Friday evening, April 3rd, with a Passover seder dinner. Passover is one of the three high holidays in the Jewish religion and celebrates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Let your students review…

Movie tickets over time

Updated! We’ve just updated this activity. In this investigation, Brian looks at the changes in movie ticket prices over the last 30 years. Using his scatter plot (or his data) students analyze rates of change, make predictions about the future ticket…

The Perfect bracket

Clicking on this image from Fansided.com will give you a larger, printable bracket in a new window. What are your chances of picking every game? How does the change from 64 to 65 to now, 68 teams in the field complicate things?…

2015 World Cup Cricket

The Cricket World Cup is being played now in Australia and New Zealand.  This is a complex game that seems to be played with enthusiasm and humor.  In this activity students learn about the game; watch a couple of videos…

3.14/15 = Pi Day, 2015

March 14th is almost here. Many people think this year is even more special since the date could written to show the first 5 digits of π. Celebrate π in your school and in your math class with activities that demonstrate…

Windchill

When the weather person talks about wind chill did you ever wonder how they calculate that number?  In this activity students use the National Weather System chart to gauge wind chill, examine the patterns that correlate increasing wind and/or decreasing…

Movies and the upcoming Oscars

We’ve got 10 Oscar and movie activities. Highest Grossing Movies – Let your students develop their own ideas about compounded percent change while they have the opportunity to speak about the upcoming Academy Awards show. Worldwide box office income is compared for…

Presidents Day, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year

President’s Pay – Monday, February 16th is Presidents Day. Students learn a little about the holiday as they use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate “today’s value” of the only 6 salaries that Presidents have ever earned … relative value of…

Valentine’s activities

Which Sweet Heart candies are the best deal? – Students decide which quantity of Sweet Heart candies is the best deal.  Ratio tables, unit ratios, devising convincing arguments. A parametric heart … with love – Students use unit triangles and…

Which Sweet Hearts are the Best Deal?

 I have been doing a little shopping for Sweet Heart Candies. I came across these three deals online.  Which should I select?  In this activity students determine which package of Necco Sweet Heart Candies is the best deal.  Students are…

President’s Pay

Monday, February 16th, is Presidents Day.  We honor presidents, veterans, purple heart recipients and sell cars.  Is there more to Presidents Day?  Students can learn a little of the history of the day while they check out how much various…

Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

Newton teacher, Matt Timmins gave us this timely activity which would be great to use on the day after the Super Bowl. Enjoy! Students practice using scientific notation as they calculate the cost of Super Bowl commercials. After working with…