In mid-August and early September, the Monarch butterflies begin their annual migration south to more moderate climates to hibernate and overwinter. It is an incredibly long migration and fascinating to observe. But, the population data on the Monarchs has seriously changed. Students and conservation groups can help the butterflies to be more successful in their journey.
In this activity students read charts, do a little research, and make observations about the decline of Monarchs.
Fall is a beautiful time of year for hiking. Many students will be walking in the woods and mountains to enjoy the colorful leaves and the cool weather outside. Let them combine what they are doing with their families and friends with a little mathematics about percent grade change. Why are there warnings about a 6% road grade change ahead? Why does everyone talk about the vertical gain on a trail that is only 3 miles long? Enjoy using slope and the Pythagorean Theorem in a new way.
Last week Hurricane Ida caused major damage to Louisiana and the Northeast. This is the season for increased cyclonic activity around the globe. How are hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones related?
There is a measurement called the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE). How is it measured? Are storms becoming more intense? Did you know there is a formula for measuring the strength of storms and storm seasons? Let's see if this formula for measuring the intensity of storms makes any sense?
What is this holiday about? Are we celebrating the start of school? New cars? The end of summer?
In this short activity, students learn about the intended meaning of Labor Day as they read about its origin. For the mathematical part, they look for patterns in the history of Labor Day dates. Students then use those observed patterns to predict future dates of the holiday.