How much snow is that?

Snow-on-car

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Start out this activity with: What do you notice? What do you wonder?

How many inches of snow produced that pile?  How much snow in volume is on top of the car?  How much could that snow weigh?

Students try to approximate the weight of the snow by using our snow water equivalent percents (SWE) and their own thoughts about how dense this snow might be.  When they've calculated a weight or range of weights, we try to decide whether the car should have been flattened by all of that snow.  Wicked fun!  Is this even possible or was this picture photoshopped?

The Forever Roll

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That's a big roll of toilet paper!  Why would anyone need such a big roll of toilet paper?  How does it compare to Charmin's other toilet paper products? If this roll lasts for one month, how big a roll would I need to be able to last for one year?  Why did Charmin make this product?  Will it sell?

The activity: TheForeverRoll.pdf

Thanksgiving, football, Black Friday, and giving (11 activities)

Macy's new balloons - Students measure Macys's new balloons in handler-height, taxicab widths, stories tall, and bicycles long. 5.MD, 6.RP.A, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.G.A, 7.G.B, 8.G

Not enough mashed potatoes - Use Brian's famous mashed potatoes recipe to practice changing decimals to fractions; calculating ingredient measure for various-sized Thanksgiving gatherings; have students explain their reasoning; and to have students figure out how many servings 7½ pounds of potatoes would make. 5.NF.6 , 5.NF.6 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6. RP.3 , 7.RP.1

Black Friday deals

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When shopping next Friday, students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to the trip after calculating savings in dollars and percents with this timely investigation.