Author: Brian and Leslie

In the Cloud

I want to find a way to keep my photos, documents, videos and music in a place that is safer than on my computer.  If my Macbook Air melts, where can I keep my irreplaceable files so that they aren’t…

Free Flights?

This can’t be right!  If my flight cost $200 and I stayed for 10 days it would be free.  Right?  You can kick off this activity by asking students to think about where in the world they would love to travel…

Jock tax

Great professional athletes make a lot of money. In November slugger Giancarlo Stanton signed a thirteen year contract for over $325 million with the Miami Marlins!  Did you know that professional athletes have to pay an amazing amount of federal, state,…

Deflategate

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…

Doubling your money

My friend and I were arguing about how long it would take me to double my investment amounts.  How will your students figure this out?  Are there any tricks?  Explore investing and exponential growth as your students discover “The Rule…

Cost of light bulbs – updated!

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the cost to consumers of CFL and LED bulbs and the savings in energy and money that could be realized. Let your students “do the math” and realize some of the profit…

Moneymaking holiday movies

Which movie do you think is the highest grossing holiday movie of all time (click on the movie to see its trailer)? How the Grinch Stole Christmas,  Elf,  The Santa Clause  or  The Polar Express Students analyze holiday movie data. They…

Amazing LEGO Fireman

At the Toys R Us store, I saw an amazing LEGO creation.  He was a life-sized LEGO fireman with a walkie-talkie, an oxygen tank and even an oxygen tank gauge.  He must have taken a long time to build. Let…

Best Sports City

My friend from Boston created this list of cities that had won championships (in the last 10 years) in the four major national leagues. What does this list make you wonder? Which city has the best teams?  How do you…

U. S. Open Tennis Tournament

The U.S. Open is about to get underway in New York City.  It is possibly the biggest tennis tournament in the world. We’ve updated our numbers and focused on the prize money.  As students ponder the amounts for various wins,…

Souvenirs and concessions

Brian has introduced systems of equations with easy, motivating problems that deal with the cost of stadium purchases for food or souvenirs. These systems of equations puzzles are so intuitive that very little support will be needed

Big gulp

Do you or your students love sugary drinks?  What if it were against the law to order a large sugary drink where you lived?  On September 13th, 2012 the New York City Health Department banned sodas and sweetened drinks larger…

Season 12, American Idol

Let your student study American Idol viewing figures over the last eleven seasons. Students compare historical season premier and season finale audience size in several different ways to determine which event has had higher viewership.

Foil prank

Robert Kaplinsky kindly contributed this post.  We think it would make a great April Fools day activity. Check out his site for more great lesson ideas. Watch this movie with your class:   foil_prank The Challenge(s) How much does it cost to…

Lifespan of a meme, the Harlem Shake

Five friends who skateboard and video tape made up a strange dance one afternoon and filmed it on February 2nd.  Now the whole world knows them and their dance … weird.  This is the story of the life of a…