Greasing light poles – How much Crisco are the Philadelphia police using to grease their light poles to discourage climbers? 6.EE.A, 6.G.A, 7.G.B, 8.G, MP5 Typical Super Bowl scores – Students reflect on the mean, median, and mode losing scores, winning scores,…

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How much snow is that? – How many inches of snow produced that pile? How much snow in volume is on top of the car? How much could that snow weigh? Approximation, snow/water equivalent rates (SWE) 5.MD.C, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, 7.G, 7.EE.A Snowy…

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In the midst of another NFL season, we introduce students to Fantasy Football. Students first calculate football points given touchdowns, yardage gains and interceptions. They are then challenged to generalize an equation that gives a player’s total fantasy points. Students solve…

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It’s been a crazy winter of extremes through much of the United States. Here’s an article, from the February 17, 2016 Boston Globe Newspaper by Matt Rochereau, with the degree swing whited out. Have your students determine the temperature increase…

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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…

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This year has brought torrential rains to Texas after years of severe draught. February was the coldest month ever in much of the midwest and Northeast US. Pakistan and India have experienced extreme and deadly heat waves. Use the open number line and…

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The deflated ball controversy makes an interesting segue into negative number line understanding. A particular digital psi football gauge reads 0 when the ball is at a proper NFL inflation of 13 psi. Footballs inflated under 13 psi produce negative psi readings…

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Weather has been extreme in the U.S. lately. Use this incredible media topic to engage your students in integer subtraction, analysis, understanding, practice and confidence building. CCSS: 7.NS.1, 7.NS.3, MP2

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It’s 4th down. Should you go for it? Punt? Kick a field goal? Instead of using your gut, use research, data and math to make the right call … The graph below gives the recommended option for 4th down situations for…

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