As we get ready for next week's holiday, students can study a map of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, describe, measure and hypothesize why this route was chosen and then calculate how long each band will be marching and at what time they will arrive at the finish.
Students even approximate the volume of two parade balloons including Angry Bird, Red, and from two year's ago, the Wizard of Oz balloon. Very fun and timely with lots of Common Core standards addressed. Try the whole activity or any of the different tasks in the activity with your class.
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In 2001, J.K.Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series) wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie of this book will open on November 18th, 2016. This will be the first in a series of three movies that are meant to take place 70 years before the Harry Potter series began.
"Beasts" is produced by David Heyman, the same producer that created the other Potter movies.
In this activity students use the average cost of making a Harry Potter movie to estimate the cost of creating the "Beasts" movie. The task is open, in that it asks students to analyze central tendency, using either median, mode or mean. Which is the best predictor of the cost of making this new movie?
Two sizes of Toblerone bars are now configured differently. How much did they lop off? How much did the price per gram of chocolate change? Is the price per gram still the same, if not how might you adjust the price of the products to make it fair?
How much will you make when you are President? - The President's salary does not change from year to year. With the Consumer Price Index (CPI) students consider what the President's salaries are actually worth in today's dollars. They predict their own salary if they were to become president. 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.RP.3, 7.EE.4, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSA.REI, HSF.IF.4
Is the Electoral College vote similar to the Popular vote? The winner of the Presidential Popular vote (November 8, 2016) is not always the same as the winner of the Electoral College vote (January 6, 2017). In this activity students ponder how that could happen ... with data. 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, HSF, HSS.ID.A