…approximate the volume of two parade balloons including Angry Bird, Red, and from two year’s ago, the Wizard of Oz balloon. Very fun and timely with lots of Common Core standards addressed. Try the whole activity or any of the different tasks in the activity with your class. Bob Olsen, a 5th/6th grade math teacher from Illinois, sent us this activity a few year ago. We’ve updated it again this year with the parade’s current facts and balloons. CCSS: 4.NBT.4 , 4.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.NBT.6, 5.MD.1,… 0, 11

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# Triple Crown possibilities, 2015

…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-crown2015.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. triple-crown2015.docx triple-crown2015-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, 8

# Longest NHL overtime games in history

…tch. Also, be sure to see if the Bruins and Blackhawks game one of the Stanley Cup falls in this top ten list of longest hockey games ever played and if the ratio of game minutes to TV minutes holds up to our 1:2.5 estimate. Enjoy! Longest_NHL_Matches_Ever.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Longest_NHL_Matches_Ever.doc Longest_NHL_Matches_Ever-solutions.pdf CCSS: 3.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.MD.1, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.6, 6.EE.7, 6.SP.3, 7.RP.2, 7.RP.3… 0, 10

# How Old Are You?

…l, you might use this activity as a way to introduce or review unit conversions (see the example from the Arizona CCSS flip books below): CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.D : Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities. Finally, students can double check their estimates & calculations using this TI calculator: The activity: How_Old_Are_You.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.MD.1, 6.RP.3, HSN.Q.A.1, MP1, MP7 For… 0, 7

# Delicious pumpkin pie

…y 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 more recipe… 0, 7

# Black Friday, football, and giving

…be marching and at what time they will arrive at the finish. Students 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,… 0, 39

# Patriots’ Day

…race and the facilities necessary to organize it. We’ve asked some sensible and some surprising rate question. There’s a page-one activity that you can do as a class and the rest of the calculations can be worked on individually or in groups. CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1 Patriots’ Day – Students learn more about the difficulties of the Revolutionary War and calculate the rates of: Paul Revere’s ride The British crossing Boston to Cambridge by boat. The British marching… 0, 5

# In the Cloud

…loud. Is that enough for my files? Should I instead buy 10, 20, or 50 GB? At Flikr I can get 1 TB of space free. What on Earth is a TB? How should I save my files? In this activity students learn about computer memory, KB, MB, GB and TB. They compare four different cloud providers and estimate their own cloud storage needs. The activity: MegasGigasTeras.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. MegasGigasTeras.docx MegasGigasTeras-solutions.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.EE.1, 6.RP.3,… 0, 6

# Chili Con Queso

…from Moe’s PR department giving the cost & a solution. Activity sheet: [email protected] For members we have an editable Word docx, teaching tips, and solution methods. [email protected] [email protected] CCSS: 5.NBT.5, 5.MD.1, 6.RP And of course you and your students could research other questions, like what does 42 gallons of queso look like? How many servings? How much fat? How many calories? Check out all current Yummymath lessons in one place at our Bird’s Eye… 0, 6

# Raising the bar

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# The Boston Marathon

…ur best guess. Make an educated guess as to the fastest marathon time. We’ve gathered a lot of great data and asked some sensible and some surprising rate questions. Enjoy the conversation of page 1 of the activity as a class task and then set your students to work calculating the rest. BostonMarathon2015.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions with teaching suggestions. BostonMarathon.docx BostonMarathon-solutions.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3,… 0, 6

# Kilauea’s lava flow

…now approaching homes on the Big Island. This is another example of natural events that humans have no control over. We can just watch the flow’s rate and try to stay safely distant from the danger and destruction. In this activity students get a sense of the actual rate of lava flow and notice how greater slope encourages faster rate. Lava.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. Lava.docx Lava-solution.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 8.F.B.4, HSF.IF.B.6 Check out all… 0, 4

# Which is most expensive?

…Who knew that creams for your face could be so expensive! I’m going to have to rethink what to buy for my mom. Which of these high priced cremes is most expensive? In this activity students observe some prices of facial moisturizers; choose one and calculate its price per fluid ounce (volume – not weight); and use that rate to calculate the cost of some more common products like milk and gasoline. For a finally they look into scorpion venom. Fancy facial moisturizers… 0, 4

# How large a TV should I get?

…dents might ask or find it helpful to know that common HDTV sizes are 22, 24, 26, 32, 37, 39, 40, 42, 46, 47, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 inches. For homework consider asking students to check their HDTV at home, assuming they have one. They could check to be sure their TV is the correct size for its distance from the viewing area. Or students might determine what size television is appropriate for a particular room in their house. How-big-an-HDTV-should-I-get.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.1, 7.G.1, MP.1, MP.4,… 0, 5

# Typhoon Neoguri approaching Japan

…and severity as they practice changing knots to km/hr or mph and try to gauge the power of this typhoon. Students can also practice number line graphing skills with Typhoon-number-line.pdf Student Handout: Super-Typhoon-Neoguri.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. Super-Typhoon-Neoguri.docx Super-Typhoon-Neoguri-solution.pdf Typhoon-number-line-solution.pdf CCSS: 5.MD.1, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2, 6.EE.8… 0, 3