Mother’s Day ideas (14 activities)

Updated! How much do we spend on Mother's Day - Use the Mother's Day event to engage your students in approximating, reasoning, and investigating as students estimate how much is spent in the United States for Mother's Day.

  • For what is money spent?
  • For whom is money spent?
  • What is a low guess?
  • What is a high guess?
  • What facts would you like to know?


Helpful information for teachers:

CCSS: 5.NBT.5 , 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.SP, HSS.IC , MP1 , MP2

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Spend-forMother’sDay2023.docx      Spend-forMother’sDay-solution2023.pdf

What time should I wake up? - I'm going to get up early to make my mom breakfast in bed. Of course I want the eggs and biscuits to be hot when I bring the tray to her but I also like to sleep as long as I can. 3.MD, 3.OA, 4.MD, 4.OA, MP5

Mother's Day is soon and this means big business for the greeting card and floral industries. Let your students practice averages, percents, and large numbers while they analyze the statistics on Mother's Day spending.  You could even ask students to do their calculations in scientific notation to add an extra dimension to this activity. Enjoy!


For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

mothers-day-numbers2021.docx      mothers-day-numbers2021-solution.pdf

CCSS: 6.RP, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.SP

A gorgeous, glittery Mother's Day card - Finding the area of a heart by finding upper and lower limits.

CCSS: 3.MD.C, 4.NBT.B, 5.NBT.B, 6.G.A, 7.G.A

Thank you mother and father for all of those diapers - Which is a better deal, cloth or disposable diapers?  How much did you cost your parents in diapers?  An investigation which develops and uses systems of equations.


diapers2016.docx       diapers.xlsx        diapers2016-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 6.EE.9, 7.EE.4, 8.F.2, 8.F.4, 8.EE.8, HS.F-IF.8.B, HS.F-LE.2, HS.F-LE.5, MP7, MP8

Or just concentrate on Chocolate ...

  • Big Snickers bar - 3-act task; How much bigger than a regular Snickers bar is that?
  • World record Snickers Bar - Recently the Texas Mars factory workers created the World's largest Snickers Bar.  Students explore similarity, cross-sections and number of servings (equivalent number of mini-snickers bars).
  • Shrinking Toblerone - Two sizes of Toblerone bars are now configured differently.  How much did they lop off? How much did the price per gram of chocolate change? Is the price per gram still the same, if not how might you adjust the price of the products to make it fair?  How much could you buy for $1.00?  Could you have designed it better?
  • Giant Chocolate bunnies - What can you deduce about the bunnies (pictured in this activity) from the descriptions given ... solid? hollow? cost per pound? cost per height?
  • The size of chocolates - Students approximate the volume - Mean radius method and the counting squares.
  • Chocolate milk and mixture problems - changing percent mixtures through a fun class day that ends with a yummy treat. 
  • Chocolate raspberry heart cake - Students calculate base area or volume of cakes made from 2 cake pan sizes and observe how the volume of the cake changes with the increased pan size.  This is an activity intended to demonstrate that the volume increase is not linear.  Volume expansion would be cubed if all dimensions of the cake were enlarged but in this case (since we didn't increase cake depth) only two dimensions are enlarged.
  • Holiday candy sales - Translate a pie chart of information on candy sales to actual dollars spent. Ponder the amount of money that is spent on various holidays for candy.
  • Too early in the day for so many choices - Calculate the number of combinations possible in a story of buying a warm drink when you are still sleepy and there is too much to decide.

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