Typical Super Bowl scores

SBFinalScores2015 The Super Bowl is coming up!  Are you planning to share a prediction for the score of the big game?  Don't leave it all to chance, use math to help you get a better idea of what to expect for a final score.  What is the typical score of a Super Bowl?  Let's do the math! In this activity students study historical Super Bowl data to reflect on average (mean, median, and mode) losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores. They are asked to judge which of these central measurements seem the most meaningful and explain their reasoning.  


My dog, Jorge, on a cold, snowy and windy day.

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 temperatures, use wind chill numbers to estimate possible wind and temperature factors, and generally become familiar with this sort of interpolation and calculation.  Also check out this windchill calculator, which you can use to quickly find the windchill for a given temperature and wind speed.

The activity:  WindChill.pdf

Pythagorean Triples + coloring


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Pythagorean triples are not only handy for students to recognize but produce some interesting and lovely patterns.  We've combined a little coloring with our Pythagorean Triple pattern investigation to let your students relax while they color, view the beauty, and recognize the progression.

The activity: PythagoreanTriples.pdf

CCSS:  8.G.B,  7.G.B, HSG, 8.SP.A, HSS, HSA.APR.C.4

Data on the National Mall sites

Stone_of_HopeMartin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall - Clicking on this image will show it larger in a new window. 

Activity #1 - Look at the individuals who are memorialized on the National Mall and using fractions or percents decide what you can notice about those we honor.  If you would like to show images of the monuments and memorials to your class, there is a slide show here.

The Activity: MLKandMonuments.pdf

Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr - (1929-1968). American cleric and reformer. Photographed in March 1965.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday will be the holiday celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Help students learn about his work towards racial equality as they create one or two time lines.

  • One time line is about the events and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The second timeline is about the progress made in America, so far, towards racial balance and equal opportunity.

Students need to create correctly spaced timelines, enter the events that they find most powerful, and reflect on the speed, lags, or spacing of this progress.

Comparing the Star Wars movies

StarWarsData We were curious about how often and how profitable the Star Wars movies have been.  The Force Awakens is still breaking previous record sales and has recently topped Avatar in all time success. So we gathered data on each Star Wars movie's budget and earnings and posed an open-ended question.  How do the Star Wars movies compare? Consider this: Start with only the first page of the activity sheet.  Have kids look at the data and ponder these questions: What does this data make you wonder? What would you like to find out? How do you suppose that I should calculate the profit that these companies made from the movies? What other factors should I try to account for in creating profit amounts that I could compare?  Let kids think through ways that they might compare the success of the movies and how they could do this.