# Consumer Spending 2016

We spend a lot of money as consumers in the U.S. 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…

# \$10,000 a week or \$10 million all at once?

Check out the video below: Would you rather have \$10,000 a week or \$10 million all at once? What kinds of things do we need to think about or factor in when making this decision? If you had to advise…

# Op ed

November 25, 2016 I’m a retired classroom mathematics teacher but I have the luxury of teaching part-time in a local high school, Newton South, MA. When I enter the building there is often a student entering just before me. I…

# Black Friday, football, and giving

Construction This is a 3-act activity about an annual display of creativity, engineering, and design as artists contribute cans of food for the shelters and food banks of their city.  Students analyze, look for patterns, discuss solutions, and finally quantify the number…

# Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 2016

As we get ready for next week’s holiday, students can study a map of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, describe, measure and hypothesize why this route was chosen and then calculate how long each band will be marching and…

# Fantastic Beasts – What did it cost to make?

In 2001, J.K.Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series) wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie of this book opened on November 18th, 2016.  This is the first in a series of three movies that are meant to…

# Shrinking Toblerone

They changed it.  That is so not fair … or is it? You can check out a video news story on the delicious shrinking Toblerone bar here. Two sizes of Toblerone bars are now configured differently.  How much did they…

# Veterans Day

As Veterans Day approaches, let your students learn about and appreciate the meaning of the day by analyzing the powerful data that we’ve supplied. Students can use our numbers to create questions for their classmates … questions that can emphasize the tremendous gift…

# 3 winners on the Price is Right – what are the chances?

Act One: Show this clip of the recent Price is Right program.  What questions do your students have? We were wondering what the chances are of 3 contestants in a row, each spinning \$1.00, and earning \$1,000 each. Act Two:…

# 4 Election activities

Is the system of having an Electoral College unfair? – Students consider how districting can effect the Electoral college vote.  6.RP, 7.RP How much will you make when you are President? – The President’s salary does not change from year to year.…

# Cubs bury curse !

Wow!  It’s been a long time coming.  The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series! The last time they won the World Series was in 1908 (For some perspective, that is the same time the first car, the Model T,…