A new, fast-growing ice crack is forcing the Halley VI British research station in Antarctica (shown above) to be moved. Fear of a huge break-off from the ice sheet is alarming not just to the scientists on the station but to all of us. At what rate is this crack growing and how large will this iceberg be when it breaks off? Click below for the activity:
The activity: HalleyVI-ice-base.pdf
CCSS: 6.G.A, 7.G.A, 7.G.B, HSG/GPE.B.7, HSA/CED.A.2, HSG/SRT.A.1, HSN/Q.A.1
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March Madness is the big 68 team college basketball tournament that takes over our TV viewing during the weekends of March. School and office friends are filling out brackets. Engage your students in percents as they get excited about March Madness. Is getting a higher seed really an advantage? Use 30 years of data to help determine for which seeds it makes sense to pick an upset. Finally, students determine a general strategy for picking games in the first round.
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Green, green river - They're doing it again. In Chicago, the local plumbers union "dye" the Chicago River emerald green. Students learn what PPM (parts per million) means and attempt to figure out how much dye is used to sufficiently color the river.
CCSS: 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G
McDonald's seasonally serves its Shamrock Shake for Saint Patrick's Day. Add a little nutrition math to your celebration. In this post we look at calories, carbohydrates, sugars, fats, and proteins to decide what would be left for our day's meal allotment after we had lunch and a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's.
CCSS: 6.SP, 6.RP, 7.SP