…to play to least favorite to play. Then they rank the same list of sports from favorite to watch to least favorite to watch. Students take the rank for each sport and plot the points on the grid. One example is pictured below. This activity targets 8th grade and/or high school to scatter plot standards and can be easily adapted for younger students, say 5th grade, to introduce or practice graphing in one quadrant. The activity: WhatsYourFavoriteSport.pdf For members we have an editable Word… 0, 1

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# Negative Exponents? Ugh

…udents skip ahead several inputs and are forced to consider a rule to model the situation. Next we ask students to think about how they might work backwards. If you know the height of a plant during its 9th month, how can you find it’s height at the 8th and 7th months. Finally we ask them to consider how tall these plants were before they were purchased (again assuming that they were growing at the same rate). Students use this context to see the pattern of powers and develop an understanding… 0, 1

# Do teams that spend a lot win a lot?

…The NHL data sets itself up nicely for a line of best fit. We have two different activity guides. Data for both activities: BasketballStats.pdf FootballStats.pdf HockeyStats.pdf BaseballStats.pdf For middle school students, the lesson focuses on the 8th grade CCSS around scatter plots, association, outliers and clusters. Payrolls-vs-wins.pdf CCSS: 5.G.1, 5.G.2, 6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 8.SP.1, 8.SP.2, 8.SP.3, HSS.ID.6 For high school students the lesson focuses on high school CCSS, such as correlation… 0, 1

# Thank you, mother and father, for all of those diapers

…more ambiguous. By using the activity in this way, students can engage more in MP1, MP2 and MP4. You can then go back and give some of the follow-up questions later separately. The original activity was written by and shared with us by Andy Fehlner, 8th grade algebra teacher in Newton, MA. Thanks for sharing this timely activity with us, Mr. Fehlner! Want to see student work? The Blog: “Teaching Math Rocks” changed the title of the activity for High School students and they have provided… 0, 1

# 4th down

…ut together in an article called “The 4th Down Study” by Brian Burke, a football fan and closet math enthusiast. We have two activity ideas. Younger students … 4th through 7th grade can try our graph reading activity. Older students … 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school can learn how this graph was created. Even if you teach older students, you might chose to do the elementary version. Here is a link to little video of a team recently going for it on 4th down (youtube link) And check out… 0, 1

# Macy’s Star Rewards Points

…ent. For example, after working through several examples, they might notice and create the equation y = 0.1(x) – 25. From there they might consider equations like 100 = 0.1x – 25 in order to find the amount necessary to spend to come out $100 ahead. 8th graders and high school students can go through a similar process and focus more on thinking about inputs and outputs as well as the functional relationship between the variables. The activity can easily be extended to consider slope and… 0, 1

# How much do the tickets cost?

Ooops! I was supposed to buy 4 adult and 2 children tickets, but I accidentally entered four children and two adults … 🙂 Clicking on either image will show it larger in a new window. Can you figure out how much a child’s ticket and an adult ticket actually cost? The activity: Zootopia.pdf For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions. Zootopia.docx Zootopia-solution CCSS: 8.EE.8, HSA.CED.3, HSA.REI.6 Here’s another systems activity: Souveners and concessions Click here to see all… 0, 0

# Pascal’s Triangle coloring and Probability

Working with Pascal’s Triangle offers some interesting and varied mathematics. We love to color and the end results are prettier than most math homeworks. Here is the second of 3 activities using Pascal’s coloring. Pascal’s Triangle and Probability – This activity could be used to explore the probability of coin tossing results. When the combinations get too complicated to list, students can use the numbers in Pascal’s Triangle. Introduction&day1.pdf Probability&Pascal.pdf CCSS:… 0, 0

# 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, 0

# Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, 2016

As we get ready for next week’s holiday, students can study a map of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, describe, measure and hypothesize why this route was chosen and then calculate how long each band will be marching and at what time they will arrive at the finish. Students 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… 0, 0

# Monopoly 2014

In the board game, Monopoly, does a property’s distance from GO correlate to its rent when you land on it ? Using Brian’s spread sheet (list of properties, distance from GO, rent and rent with properties) students create scatter plots. They graph points, draw lines of best fit, find average (X ,Y) values, judge outliers, and make predictions about new properties. As the teacher, you can choose to assign this activity to be done by hand or to be completed with the tools and skills of… 0, 0

# Watson save

We can’t get enough NFL. Check out the video above that revisits a truly great NFL playoff play. In the 2005 AFC divisional championship game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, Benjamin Watson stopped a touchdown in the last instant. Watch the video with your class and use our activity to motivate students to figure out who ran a greater distance by using the Pythagorean Theorem. In the video Teddy Bruschi says that Watson must have ran about 120 yards, maybe even more…. 0, 0

# NFL draft picks 2017

Every spring, roughly 250 college football players are drafted by NFL teams through the NFL draft. Team rosters, careers, and multi-million dollar contracts are on the line … This is one of the biggest days of a football players life. Should a football player be overly concerned with where in the draft order they will be picked? How much does where they are drafted effect their earnings? How does draft pick selection relate to player contracts? Check out the graph below: Clicking on this… 0, 0

# Ladder figuring

…Brian can’t even go to his town’s spring festival without seeing math. Let your class approximate the height or length of this ladder by using the relative size of the cars or the people to approximate the ladder’s length. Make a guess that is too large and a guess that is to small. Average guesses or compare guesses. How-long-is-this-ladder.pdf Compare your guesses with the real measurement. Is math fun or what? ladder solution picture CCSS: 6.RP, 7.G, 8.G… 0, 0

# Does it pay to get educated?

Updated! Clicking on this image will open it larger in a new window. Why should students do well in school, graduate high school, or go on to college? In this activity median earnings by various education levels are explored. Students compare the earnings of a non-high school grad with workers who graduated high school and went on to complete higher education degrees. Hopefully, after completing this lesson, students will have a little more motivation to do well this school year and in the… 0, 0