One huge beach towel!

Act One: Check out this beach towel!  What do you wonder? What would you like to know?

beach_towel

Towel project by Misael Soto.

Miami artist, Misael Soto (pictured on the left below), created this giant art project to make a statement about people sharing territory at the beach.

In the morning he brings sunscreen, snacks, drinks, and games to share and ... lays out his towel.

The longest day

Sunrise on summer solstice at Stonehenge

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 Northern hemisphere ... a time that has been revered for centuries.

In this activity, students compare length of daylight to place latitude while studying the correlation, evaluating Excel generated formulas, and appreciating the significance of this date.

Father’s Day ideas

blueberry-muffinBlueberry 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 editable Word doc and solutions.

fathers-day-muffins.doc      fathers-day-muffins-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 4.NF.4, 5.NF.7, 6.NS.1, 7.NS.2


Thank you Mother and Father for all of those diapers - Which is a better deal, cloth or disposable diapers?  How much did you cost your parents in diapers?  In the future how much could your kid's diapers cost?   Help students realize all that mom and dad went through in buying and changing diapers.

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 facial moisturizers; choose one and calculate its price per fluid ounce (volume - not weight); and use that rate to calculate the cost of some more common products like milk and gasoline.  For a finally they look into scorpion venom.

Fancy facial moisturizers

LaPrairieSkinCaviarLuxeCream

LaMerMoisturizingSoftCream
LimitedEditionRe-NutrivUltimateLiftAge-CorrectingCreme3LABWWCream
Estee

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Games with dice

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 closeness of the match up of experimental and theoretical probabilities.  Although not specifically mentioned in the activity handout, consider having the entire class combine their rolling dice data.  They should see that their experimental data matches closely with actual probabilities.