Mardi Gras and Presidents’ Day

Mardi Gras - Updated for 2023 - Tuesday, February 21, 2023, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent.  Mardi Gras is a last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence. In New Orleans revelers throw and collect purple, green, and gold beads. Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity.

President's Pay on Presidents' Day - Being President of the United States is a hard job.  Is the President's pay commiserate with this huge job? Actually, since George Washington (1789), the President's salary has only been raised 5 times. Students make a step graph with presidents' salaries and learn a little about the (CPI) Consumer Price Index. 


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