# Someone ate my cake!

…reasoning. Technology: This interactive fraction models app from NCTM Illuminations can be a useful tech tool allowing kids to recreate the left over cake while the application gives students the corresponding fraction. The activity: Someone-ate-my-cake.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx document and solutions. Someone-ate-my-cake.docx Ate-my-cake-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.NF.1, 3.G.2, 4.NF.3, 4.NF.4, 4.MD.5, 4.MD.6, 5.NF.4… 0, 4

# Triple Crown possibilities, 2015

…ating miles per hour and miles per minute of horse racing, and learning about the measures of “hands” and “furlongs”. A lot of CCSS are addressed in this task. This is a very “number operations” heavy lesson full of rational number operations and conversions, see CCSS below. triple-crown2017.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. triple-crown2017.docx triple-crown2017-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.1, 5.NF.7, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 7.NS.3… 0, 4

# Delicious pumpkin pie

…specifically ask for it consider this an opportunity to get into same system unit conversions, such as ounces to cups, or cups to pints, teaspoons to tablespoons, ect. Kids shouldn’t have to memorize formulas, but should know how to apply them. We have included unit conversions in the solutions. Student Activity Sheet: Yum-pie.pdf for members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Yum-pie.doc Yum-pie-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.1, 4.NF.4, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3 Looking for… 0, 3

# Drill bit fractions

…the drill bits, what numerators or sets of numerators are possible? Task notes: These pics can be used to think about, compare and order fractions. They give students a real life context to consider as they think about fractions. When we ask students to think about what the numerators could be we assume students are thinking in whole numbers. If appropriate for your class or particular students you could open the numerator to all rational numbers. CCSS: 3.NF.3, 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2 The activity in… 0, 3

# What’s wrong with this picture?

…n this image will show it larger in a new window. We’ve gotten used to believing what we read or see advertised. But sometimes the clerk doesn’t get the sales discount right or something seems a little off. Let students ponder this store menu and see if they can figure out what might just be a mistake. The activity: pizza.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. pizza.docx pizza-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.G, 4.NF.B, 5.NF, 5.NBT, 7.G Thanks to Steve Wyborney for the original idea… 0, 2

# Father’s Day blueberry surprise

…Sunday is Father’s Day and there is still time to have a tiny fraction review in the guise of celebrating Father’s Day. This is a short activity that asks students to change the amounts in a blueberry muffin recipe to multiples of and fractions of a ¼ cup measuring cup (multiplication and division with unit fractions). fathers-day-muffins.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. fathers-day-muffins.doc fathers-day-muffins-solutions.pdf CCSS: 4.NF.4, 5.NF.7, 6.NS.1, 7.NS.2… 0, 2

# Olympic schedule

…I found this graphic online that should help me figure out when to try to watch an Olympic event on any day. The chart seems a little confusing. Can your students help me figure it out? OlympicSchedule.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. OlympicSchedule.doc OlympicSchedule-solutions.pdf CCSS: 4.NF, 5.NF, 6.RP, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.SP… 0, 2

# Vampire bats

…those sizes to quantities that they are familiar with. Simply enjoy the season with this slightly creepy activity … metric and customary units, size and weight comparisons, and blood-sucking bats. The activity: VampireBats.pdf CCSS: 2.MD, 4.MD.A, 4.NF.C, 5.MD.A, HSN, HSM For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions with teaching suggestions. VampireBats.docx VampireBats-solutions.pdf Consider starting your class with this National Geographic video. Check out all current Yummymath… 0, 1

# Losing team in the playoffs, 2015

…determine which team had the worst record if many of the teams played a different number of games? Seems like a good time for students to think about ratios, percent and proportionality in a familiar context. Enjoy the playoffs … and the math. CCSS: 4.NF.2 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3 The Activity: losing-team-in-the-playoffs2015.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc, teaching suggestions and solutions. losing-team-in-the-playoffs2015.docx losing-team-playoffs-solution.pdf Here is… 0, 1

# Happy 14th B’ak’tun!

…dents learn a little more about this area of the Americas and their numerical skills as you study what all of the “end of time” fuss was about. Students review working with base 10 and learn about working with base 20 … sort of. Enjoy the math and the history. Mayan-calendar.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Mayan-calendar.doc Mayan-calendar-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.NF, 5.NBT, 6.NS, 8.EE, HSN.RN… 0, 1

# Flag Art

…hole number ratios for the official U.S. flag; decide how our artistic flags will be different from the official flag; make stars from regular pentagons, and finally create a flag design in honor of Memorial Day. The activity: Flags.pdf CCSS: 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 Pentagon Cut-outs: SmallPentagons.pdf RegularPentagons.pdf VariousPentagons.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solution/teacher tips. Flags.docx… 0, 1

# Olympic reflection

…math to help get perspective. The activity: 2014Reflections.pdf Students can use either an Excel spreadsheet for the data or a pdf of the data. Olympic2014data-students.xlsx 2014Olympic-by-the-numbers.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel chart with all of the calculations, and solutions. 2014Reflections.docx Olympic2014data-teacher.xlsx 2014Reflection-solution.pdf CCSS 4.NF.2, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3… 0, 1

# Black Friday, football, and giving

…nts even approximate the volume of two parade balloons including the Skylander Eruptor balloon, and from three year’s ago, the Wizard of Oz balloon. 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 Delicious pumpkin pie – Students estimate, multiply fractions and use proportional reasoning as they calculate the ingredients necessary for my wonderful pie. 4.MD.1, 4.NF.4, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3… 0, 5

# Triple Crown hopeful at the Preakness Stakes

…f For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. Will-AlwaysDreamer-win-TripleCrown.docx Will-AlwaysDreamer-win-TripleCrown-solution.pdf CCSS: 6.SP.B.5, 7.SP.C, 8.SP.C., HSS.MD.A More Horseracing activities California Chrome’s lineage – calculating fraction of parentage of this horse. CCSS: 3.NFA, 4.NFA, 5.NFB, 6.RP Triple Crown Possibilities – Tons of calculations and measurements of horses … rates, hands tall, furlongs, fractions. 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.1, 5.NF.7, 5.NBT.7,… 0, 4

# Activities for Super Bowl and Groundhog Day

….1, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2, 7.SP.3, 7.SP.4, HSS.ID.A.2, HSS.ID.C.9 Losing team in the playoffs – How often do teams with losing records qualify for the playoffs? Who was the worst team ever to make the playoffs? In this activity students explore teams in the three major US sports who have made their playoffs with a losing record. How will they determine which team had the worst record. 4.NF.2 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3… 0, 4