The 4th of July

5 possible activities!

Flag Art -  In this activity students measure; create whole number ratios for the official U.S. flag; decide how our artistic flags might be different from the official flag; make stars from regular pentagons, and finally create a flag design in honor of the Fourth of July. 4.NBT, 4.NFB, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, 7.G.1

Fireworks on your calculator - Let your students experiment with their graphing calculators to create a nice fireworks display?  We've written a brief activity that questions students about manipulating parabolas, adjusting their calculator windows, and helping them celebrate whatever. Or consider using Desmos or Geogebra to create these fireworks. Enjoy! HSA.SSE, HSF.IF

Betsy Ross's 5-pointed star - The rough design of the flag was drawn by a committee of George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross in 1776.  When approached by the committee, George Ross's niece, a respected seamstress, Betsy Ross, suggested some important changes.  One change was to use a 5-pointed star to represent each of the 13 colonies. The committee objected that a pentagram would be too hard to make. Betsy demonstrated that she could create the desired star by simply folding fabric and making just one scissors cut.  So, the design was changed.  How did she do that fold and cut? 7.G.B, 8.G, HSG.CO

Will our flag change yet again? - U.S. Congress is again considering whether to grant statehood to Washington D. C. and Puerto Rico.  Our activity is about the possible designs of a new 52-state flag.  3.OA, 4.OA

Can Joey and Miki do it again? - updated! - What do you wonder about this event?  What questions do you have from looking at the historical data? How have the records changed?  Why do you think that is so? How many hot dogs can a human possibly eat in 10 minutes? 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.EE, HSS/ID, HSN, HSA, HSF, MP1, MP2. MP3


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