# Category Archives for Movies and Entertainment

## Do the “Best” Movies Make More Money?

Do the “Best” movies (the ones that are nominated for an Academy Award for best picture) make the most money?  Ten movies are nominated each year.  Students compare the votes that the last 20 nominated movies received with their worldwide … Continue reading

22. January 2012 by oldmanmarks
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## Moneymaking Holiday Movies

Let your students analyze actual holiday movie data. They will round, estimate, compare, calculate percent increase, consider the most appropriate graphical representation and graph the data … along with sharing what they have seen and enjoyed.   xmas_movies-2011.pdf Solutions, hints, and … Continue reading

14. December 2011 by Leslie
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## Glowing Rectangles

Did you ever  notice that people spend lots of time staring at their screens (glowing rectangles).  Kids spend hours each day using television, computers, mobile devices and so on.  Use that interest to motivate your student’s analysis of screen ratios. … Continue reading

29. November 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Harry Potter

The last of the Harry Potter movies was released this summer and the movie was a huge hit at the box office.  We take a look back at the Harry Potter series and ask kids to analyze actual Harry Potter … Continue reading

07. August 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Farwell to Oprah

Time to say goodbye to the Oprah Winfrey show. Involve your students in a little real life and entertainment life comparison in Brian’s latest investigation that asks for estimations, fractional parts, percents, and future estimations (patterns)  of entertainer’s salaries. Common … Continue reading

24. May 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Pirates of the Caribbean

The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie opens this Friday, May 20th. Your students might be looking forward to seeing this movie and motivated to understand the investment expenses and profit expectations. Brian’s data and questions will help them judge … Continue reading

14. May 2011 by oldmanmarks
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## Everything Royal Wedding

Friday, April 29, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. will be the much talked about wedding of Brittain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. Engage and inform your students in an investigation of percents, proportions, exchange rates, time zones and Royal memorabilia. everything-royal-wedding.doc       … Continue reading

24. April 2011 by Leslie

## Video game console sales

Video games continue to be a hot seller and a must-have for millions of gamers around the world. The recent releases of the Xbox 360 Kinect and the Nintendo 3DS have been big sellers and will probably be the big … Continue reading

03. April 2011 by Leslie

## Movie tickets prices over time

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 costs, guesses about past costs … Continue reading

16. February 2011 by Leslie
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## Season ten American Idol

Let your student study American Idol viewing figures over the last nine seasons. Students compare historical season premier and season finale audience size in several different ways to determine which event has had higher viewership. Students consider outliers and judge … Continue reading

12. January 2011 by Leslie
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## Highest grossing holiday movies

Kids analyze actual holiday movie data. They round, estimate, compare, use percents, consider the most appropriate graphical representation and graph data.  xmas_movies.pdf

08. December 2010 by Leslie
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## Rapunzel

image drawn by Marisa Hopkins Disney’s animated movie, Tangled, comes out next week. We’ve shown students some of the Brothers Grimm’s original fairy tale along with giving them a glimpse at the physics involved in the animation of Rapunzel’s hair. … Continue reading

23. November 2010 by Leslie

## Monopoly

In the board game, Monopoly, does a property’s distance from GO relate to the cost of its rent when you land on it ? Students create scatter plots using Brian’s spread sheet which lists properties, their distances from GO, and … Continue reading

05. November 2010 by Leslie
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The story of Facebook is an amazing tale about a young man and the fantastic popularity of his creation. Let your students examine the history and evolution of the Facebook phenomenon as they chart the site’s user numbers and calculate … Continue reading

02. November 2010 by Leslie