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

Delicious pumpkin pie - Students estimate, multiply fractions and use proportional reasoning as they calculate the ingredients necessary for my wonderful pie. 4.MD.1, 4.NF.4, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3

Consumer Spending - Students look for patterns in an historical view of the times of year tha we spend money. They look for spikes and drops in spending and hypothesize which trends will repeat and which movements are a one-time event. 6.SP.5, 8.F.5, HSS.IC.6, HSS.ID.3

4th down - should you punt kick or go for a field goal? This is two activities. One is on graph reading. This is perhaps suitable for younger students. The other activity is on data analysis and the creation of the chart shown to the right. 7.NS, 7.SP.C.7, HSS.MD.A.2, HSS.MD.B.5, HSS.MD.B.6, HSS.MD.B.7

Watson Saves - Watch the video with your class and use our activity to motivate students to figure out who ran a greater distance by using the Pythagorean Theorem. In the video Teddy Bruschi says that Watson must have ran about 120 yards, maybe even more. Use the video and/or our activity to see if Teddy’s estimate is about right. 8.G.7, G-SRT.8

NFL Home field advantage Students use an infographic to compare NFL team home and away wins. Students consider the best home team, the best away team and consider if NFL teams really do seem to have a home field advantage. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.SP.4