# Going bananas

…information that you have gathered to determine which banana deal is the better deal. Clicking on these small images will show them larger in a new window. 3 bananas 6 bananas Student’s record keeping sheet, plus extension questions: Bananas.pdf For teachers we have an editable Word docx and some thoughts and solutions: Bananas.docx Banana-thoughts.pdf This activity can address CCSS: 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.4, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3… 0, 5

# The Star Wars phenomena continues

…can analyze data, make a case or claim and explain and critique the reasoning of others. And, of course, use the Force! The activity: StarWarsProfitability2017.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx, our Excel calculation sheet, and solutions. StarWarsProfitability2017.docx StarWarsEarnings2.xlsx StarWarsProfitability2017-solution.pdf Depending on the grade level and the way students approach the problem many different CCSS can be addressed: CCSS: 4.NBT.5, 4.NBT.6, 4.OA.2, 4.OA.3,… 0, 4

# Earth Day, 2017

…lyze and graph their energy use and costs of lights and appliances. Students use decimals operations, order of operations, graphing, systems and piecewise functions in this activity to help them think about ways to conserve the energy that they use. 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.1, 6.EE.9, 8.EE.8, HSF.IF.C.7.B, HSA.REI.C.6, HSA.CED.A.2 Recycling Mardi Gras beads – Mardi Gras is a last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence. In New… 0, 4

# Flag Art

…mber 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, 2

# Which is the best deal?

…For 1 deals will show the image larger in a new window. How do you calculate and justify which deal is a better savings? By dollars saved? By percent saved? By some other measure? The activity: WhichDealOffersMostValue.pdf CCSS: 4.OA, 4.NBT, 4.MD.A, 5.NBT, 6.RP, 6.EE, 7.RP, 7.EE.A For members we have an editable Word docx, an Excel sheet of calculations, and a solution/hints page. WhichDealOffersMostValue.docx WhichDealOffersMostValue-Solution.pdf SnacksBestValueActivity.xlsx Click here to see… 0, 2

# Cost of light bulbs – updated!

…s accessible for students from 5th grade through high school. Students might also want to compare the costs of each bulb over time for various number of bulbs in their home using this interactive Desmos graphing application. LightBulbs2016.pdf CCSS: 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.1, 6.EE.9, 8.EE.8, HSF.IF.C.7.B, HSA.REI.C.6, HSA.CED.A.2 For members we have a Word docx, and Excel sheet with loads of data, and solutions and teacher suggestions below. LightBulbs2016.docx Bulbs2016.xlsx… 0, 2

# McDonalds moves towards antibiotic-free chicken

…in the food that we consume in order to decrease antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans. What will the effects be on costs at the restaurant, costs in the supermarket and the cost and changes required of farm production? Does this seem like a good move? Why? Do the math! The activity: Antibiotics-in-our-food.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. Antibiotics-in-our-food.docx Antibiotics-in-our-food-solution.pdf CCSS: 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3,… 0, 2

# How many cars are there?

…o keep stopping the video at key points as the solution appears at the end of the video. HowManyCars from YummyMath on Vimeo. Act Two Handout: ActTwo–HowManyCars-B&W.pdf ActTwo–HowManyCars-color.pdf CCSS: 3.OA.1, 3.OA.3, 3.OA.7, 4.NBT.5, 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5 For Members we have a PowerPoint for the activity which is easier to control than the movie and teaching notes with solutions: HowManyCars.pptx HowManyCars-teacher-talk.pdf Check out all of our activities at our Birds Eye View Page Save Save… 0, 2

# Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

…Enjoy! Students practice using scientific notation as they calculate the cost of Super Bowl commercials. After working with these incredible costs, students get to express their opinions about the ads and decide who the marketing was geared towards. The activity: super-bowl-ads2017.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. super-bowl-ads2017.docx super-bowl-ads2017-solution.pdf CCSS: 5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.2, 6.EE.2, 8.EE.1, 8.EE.3, 8.EE.4, HSA.SSE.A.1… 0, 2

# Pick-a-brick wall at the Lego store

…g with each other, making guesses, and explaining their reasoning. Students try to determine the number of Lego bins on this giant wall. Students think about arrays and multiplication as they consider a reasonable quantity of Lego bins in this three-act task. We have a PowerPoint presentation for all to use: LegoWallActivity.pptx For members we have a teaching suggestion and solution document. legowall-teachers.pdf CCSS: 3.OA.3, 4.NBT.5, 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5 Special thanks to math teacher Megan… 0, 2

# Three great World Cup activities

World Cup ranking – Students explore the ranking formulated from each team’s previous 4 years of play in their geographical divisions. The formula is complex and weighted. Is it fair? 5.OA, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.NS.B, 6.EE, 6.SP, 7.EE, 8.F, 8.SP, HSA World Cup draw – How did FIFA sort the 32 world’s strongest soccer teams and support each geographic region? Are the first round groupings fair? 7.SP, HSS.MD, MP.1, MP.3 World Cup – How many ways – Students examine the rules and order of play and… 0, 2

# Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 2016

…tudents even 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,… 0, 2

# Soda Santa

…nding on what you focus on, this task could work in 3rd through 7th grade classrooms. The activity: Soda-Santa.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Soda-Santa.doc Soda-Santa-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, 4.NBT.5 , 5.NBT.5 , 7.SP.5 , 7.SP.7a Also check out this blogpost about the Soda Santa lesson for additional lesson ideas and developing intellectual need. Here is another math educator writing about using the soda santa activity with her class. As an… 0, 2

# \$10,000 a week or \$10 million all at once?

…ine what they should choose? How does \$10,000 compare to \$10 million? Why is that important to consider in this problem? How do life-expectancies, taxes and investments factor into this problem? The activity: 10Thousand-10Million.pdf, updated! CCSS: 5.NBT.A.1,5.NBT.A.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3,.HSF.LE.A.1 & possibly all the practice standards. This is activity is really accessible to student elementary through high school with varying depth of study. For members we have an editable Word docx and our… 0, 2

# Soda Menorah

…ods for finding the number of 12 packs or cans in this display. Let kids have an opportunity to find the number of packs or cans on their own and communicate their reasoning to others. Depending on what you focus on, this task could work in 3rd through 7th grade classrooms. The activity: Soda-Menorah.pdf For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions. Soda-Menorah.docx Soda-Menorah-solution.pdf CCSS: 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, 4.NBT.5 , 5.NBT.5 , 7.SP.5 , 7.SP.7a As an extension, here are… 0, 2