Potato Latkes - updated for 2022 - Little potato pancakes are a traditional food for Hanukkah celebrations. In my mom's recipe, they are salty, deep fried, and delicious. In modern latke recipes the salt and fat are decreased. How do the two recipes compare? 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, MP6, MP8 Hanukkah is almost here - updated for 2023 - Hanukkah begins on Thursday evening, December 7th. Students appreciate the incredible mathematics involved in creating a calendar (Hebrew calendar) that aligns both the moon's revolution about the Earth and the Earth's revolution about the Sun. 5.NBT, 5.OA, 6.SP, 8.SP, S-IC
Holiday Soda Displays - We found creative soda displays made up of 6-packs of Coca Cola products. Ask students to guess the quantity without counting. Come up with a reasonable range for the number of twelve packs. Find numbers that are too high and too low. 3.MD, 4.NBT, 5.NBT, 7.SP
We think that this is a very good time to wish for peace. Above is a picture of the wreath that I made for this winter's season. Do you know this symbol? Where did it originate? Do you ever use a different symbol for peace (for instance, sideways "V"s)?
In this activity students learn about the semaphore flag symbols and how this peace symbol was first designed. They design their own symbol and try to figure out how many possibilities there are in this kind of communication.
How should I cook my turkey? - Students judge timing, cost, tastiness, and quantity necessary as they plan for the feast. 4.MD, 5.NBT, 4.MD, 6.RP, 6.NS, 7.NS + Great video on a deep frying fire with William Shatner.
Shopping season already! - Students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to holiday shopping trips after calculating savings in dollars and percents with this timely investigation. 6.RP, 7.EE, 7.EE
Not enough mashed potatoes - Use Brian's famous mashed potatoes recipe to practice changing decimals to fractions; calculating ingredient measure for various-sized Thanksgiving servings; have students explain their reasoning; and to have students figure out how many servings 7½ pounds of potatoes would make. 5.NF, 6.RP, 7.RP
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Consumers in the U.S. spend a lot of money. In this activity we look at historical data to see if there are any patterns in our spending. How does our holiday spending show up in these graphs? What accounts for spikes or drops in spending? What patterns do you notice? Which patterns will likely continue and which patterns won't? Let the class see, think, wonder and discuss in this timely activity.