Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2019

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 at what time they will arrive at the finish.

Students even approximate the volume of two past parade balloons including Pikachu from and the 2013 Wizard of Oz balloon. Very fun and timely with lots of Common Core standards addressed.  Try the whole activity or any of the different tasks in the activity with your class.

Bob Olsen, a 5th/6th grade math teacher from Illinois, sent us this activity a few year ago.  We've updated it again this year with the parade's current facts and balloons.

CCSS:  4.NBT.4 , 4.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.NBT.6, 5.MD.1, 5.MD.5b, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3, 7.G.1, HSG.MG.1

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

Student Handout: macys-day-parade2019.pdf

For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

macys-day-parade2019.docx     macys-day-parade2019-solution.pdf


2 comments for “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2019

  1. Annie Curry
    November 19, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I think one of your answers is wrong…. you calculated the route was approx 5000m.. yet you calculated the time it takes the bands to march only 67minutes based on them marching 2010m from the previous question… Why only 2010m and not the whole 5000m??

    • November 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Annie. You are right the 2,010 meters has nothing to do with what we calculated in the previous question. I can’t remember why I did that but I know that I don’t like to give away answers later in an activity. I’ll change it soon. Thanks for your attention. Leslie

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