# Earth Day, 2017

…nald's moves toward Antibiotic-free chicken – 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? 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, HSG.MG.A.2, HSG.MG.A.3, MP6 Methane Math – Carbon dioxide and methane are our two most prevalent human-contributed greenhouse gases. This holstein cow is one of many huge contributors to our methane production. Let students calculate… 0, 28

# Cheesy Goldfish crackers

…ll then truly be yummy math. Check out a second version of the activity (scroll down in the post) that solely focuses on and makes a connection between the ratio standards in grades six and seven. Goldfish Activity.pdf Addressed CCSS: 5.G.2, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.2, 7.RP.2, 7.RP.3, 8.EE.5 For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions and tips. Goldfish-cheesy.doc Goldfish Solutions & Teacher Tips.pdf We have a second version of the Goldfish problem that is meant to only… 0, 23

# Patriots’ Day

…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 through the night to… 0, 13

# Flag Art

…icial 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 Flags-solution-teacher-talk.pdf Or use our previous… 0, 10

# The Euro and the international debt crisis

…o, practice translating the Euro's value to dollar amounts, and work with comparisons of debt, gross domestic products, and average debts per person. Students will gain a better appreciation of what the news is all about. They will become familiar with the value of the Euro, can appreciate the complexity of the present financial crisis, and will be able to contribute to financial observations and discussions at home. CCSS: 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6. RP.3 , 7.RP.1 , 7.RP.2 Euro.pdf For members we have… 0, 10

# Glowing rectangles

…s" and then get the activity going. Let kids work with partners or groups, see how far they can get on their own, before you need to bring the class together from some discussion on similar figures. Students should have a little experience with ratio tables and proportionality if they are going to try this activity without some direct instruction. Or use the activity as review and application of proportionality and similar figures. glowing-rectangles2015.pdf CCSS: 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6. RP.3,… 0, 10

# Activities for Super Bowl and Groundhog Day

…shadow? – The relative frequency of the groundhog's accurate forecasts. 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7 More Football activities Home Team Advantage – Students study the data from a graphic to verify whether there is or is not a home team advantage. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.SP.4 Big Bucks – Students look at various sport's contracts for highly paid athletes. How much do they earn per year? per season? per game? Students judge from slope which athlete receives the largest rate of pay. 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3,… 0, 58

# April’s calf was born!

…At about 10:00 am, April 15th, April's calf was born. Everyone will be talking about it and smiling constantly. Here's some fun math stuff to bring with you for Holiday gatherings. The activity: April's-calf.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. April's-calf.docx April's-calf-solution.pdf CCSS: 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3… 0, 8

# Losing team in the playoffs, 2015

…am 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 a great idea from… 0, 10

# Not enough mashed potatoes

…res for various-sized Thanksgiving gatherings, to explain their thinking in calculating these figures and to judge how many servings could be created from 7 ½ pounds of potatoes. The Activity: not-enough-potatoes.pdf CCSS: 5.NF.6 , 5.NF.6 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6. RP.3 , 7.RP.1 For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions below. not-enough-potatoes.docx not-enough-potatoes-solutions.pdf We've just been given an extension to this lesson. It's-all-gravy.pdf and for members we have an… 0, 10

# How much does a Lego cost?

…t? If not, what might have accounted for the price difference? Act I – Different kits, different costs Act II: You can click here for a chart that gives the number of blocks & prices for each Lego kit. Use our activity guide below with this lesson. The activity guide: How-much-does-a-Lego-cost.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. How-much-does-a-Lego-cost.docx Lego-cost-solution.pdf Act III – solutions CCSS: 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2, 7.RP.2 Check out… 0, 9

# Big Burger

…s about the "big burger" below. Thank you to Robert Kaplinsky (check out his great math activities on his website) for letting us know about the videos from the History Channel. Consider starting the activity with these videos. CCSS: 5.NF.6, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.1 The activity: BigBurger2014.pdf Three teachers in Georgia created a version of this post that they felt was suitable for their 5th grade students. Many thanks to Jenise Sexton, Michael Wiernicki, and Graham Fletcher for… 0, 9

# Super Bowl cheesy pretzel poppers

…ese" block, figuring how many servings, estimating how many times they need to multiply the recipe by to make enough pretzel bites, and multiplying and reducing fractions. The activity: SuperBowlCheesyPretzelPoppers.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. SuperBowlCheesyPretzelPoppers.docx SB-pretzel-poppers-solution.pdf CCSS: 5.NF.3, 5.NF.6, 5.NF.7, 6.NS, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G, 7.NS… 0, 9

# The Boston Marathon

…s 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, 7.RP.1 We also have a more historical… 0, 9

# NFL Math Activities

Home team advantage – In this activity students use an infographic to compare NFL team home and away wins. Students consider the best home team, the best away team and consider if NFL teams really do seem to have a home field advantage. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.SP.4 NFL draft picks – Every spring, roughly 250 college football players are drafted by NFL teams through the NFL draft. How much does where they are drafted effect their earnings? 6.EE.9, 8.F.3, HSF.LE.A.1 4th down – It's 4th down…. 0, 52