April Fools Day ideas – We have two strange mathematical riddles to decipher; a “why does this work?” task using the Ghost Whisperer; and Robert Kaplinsky’s Foil Prank. Take your choice! MP.1, MP3,4.OA, 5.G, 8.EE, 8.SP Peeps – Students estimate the number of Peeps sold…

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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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Note: This is a remake of our 2014 “How Much Does a Lego Cost” activity How much could the Lego Millennium Falcon cost? Student first make a guess and then think about what information would be useful in order to…

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There were polls about who would win the Presidential election. Now there are polls about approval ratings for Congress and President Trump. You can see the latest poll results here. I get so confused when polling results are reported. What…

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Updated! Do the “Best” movies make the most money? How could you measure the “best” movie? What information would you need to make this judgement? Ten movies are nominated each year to receive an Oscar for the Best Picture. On March 4, 2018,…

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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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We’ve gathered some data on movie ratings and their sequels and asked students to analyze the data, decide on some graphing analysis and debate (with their mathematical data) which are better … the original movies or their sequels. Students see…

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How many Peeps are sold at Easter time each year? Treat your students to some authentic and delicious Easter math. Students estimate the number of Peeps sold each Easter season. They consider reasonability by making guesses they think might be…

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Take a look at the infographic. What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? In this lesson students compare NFL QB rating of quarterbacks with and without facial hair. This task can be used to explore a…

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This is a three act task, with an activity guide. Show students the act one video. What questions do they have? How much could the Star Wars kit cost? Follow the activity guide, find costs based on the cost of…

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Time to give students some authentic math on a topic they will surely be interested in … Starbucks. We ask and answer a few questions in this activity. About how many drinks does Starbucks sell in a year? If I…

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