NFL draft picks 2017

NFL-DraftEvery spring, roughly 250 college football players are drafted by NFL teams through the NFL draft.  Team rosters, careers, and multi-million dollar contracts are on the line ...  This is one of the biggest days of a football players life.  Should a football player be overly concerned with where in the draft order they will be picked?  How much does where they are drafted effect their earnings?  How does draft pick selection relate to player contracts?  Check out the graph below:

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Earth Day, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day

There is so much to bring to your classroom to support recycling, conserving resources, studying climate change and protecting our planet.

McDonald's moves toward Antibiotic-free chicken - What will the effects be on costs at the restaurant, costs in the supermarket and the cost and changes required of farm production?  Does this seem like a good move?  Why? 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, HSG.MG.A.2, HSG.MG.A.3 MP6

Chicken to share

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How many pieces does each person get when $10 is supposed to feed two people?

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Patriots’ Day

In Massachusetts, April 17th will be a holiday from school and work in Massachusetts.  We celebrate Patriots' Day on the 3rd Monday in April to commemorate the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord.

We have two activities that you can use to bring Patriots' Day into your math class.


The Boston Marathon - We've gathered a lot of great data about the race and the facilities necessary to organize it.  We've asked some sensible and some surprising rate question.  There's a page-one activity that you can do as a class and the rest of the calculations can be worked on individually or in groups.  CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1

Sweet Easter mathematics

Giant chocolate bunnies
What can you deduce about the bunnies ... solid? hollow? cost per pound? cost per height? Anything else? 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A
Holiday candy sales
Which holidays are associated with candy? For which of those holidays do you think that the most candy is sold? What percents of annual candy sales do you think each holiday contributes?
Students use a pie chart of information on candy sales to determine actual dollars spent for Halloween, Easter, Christmas and Hanuka, and Valentine's Day. 6.RP.3, 7.EE.3, 7.RP.3
How many peeps are sold for Easter?
Students estimate the number of Peeps sold each Easter season. They consider reasonability by making guesses they think might be a little too high and a little too low.
They determine necessary info, problem solve and improve their original estimates. They conduct random samplings of their estimates and compare the mean of their estimates to the actual number of peeps sold each season. Old dancing Peeps video included. 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2, MP1, MP2, MP3