Author Archive for Leslie

Passover macaroons

Passover begins this year on Monday evening, April 10th, 2017, with a Passover seder dinner. Passover is one of the three high holidays in the Jewish religion and celebrates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Let your students…

2015 World Cup Cricket

The Cricket World Cup is being played now in Australia and New Zealand.  This is a complex game that seems to be played with enthusiasm and humor.  In this activity students learn about the game; watch a couple of videos…

Huge Key Lime pie

On a cold and snowy day in Boston, two chefs created a huge Key Lime pie to remind the frozen people of the Northeast how tasty and warm the Keys of Florida are. After you show this movie to your…

A parametric heart … with love

Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to explore parametric equations. First students figure the coordinates of this figure using trigonometric unit triangles. Then they simplify and accelerate this task with either a graphing calculator or with online software like Desmos…

Do you have text neck?

What does looking down at your electronic device do to your breathing? To your muscles? To your spine curvature? To your pain?  It can lead to a condition called Text Neck.  To learn more about Text Neck and to kick this…

Cost of a gallon of gas

In 1950, one gallon of gasoline costs $0.27.  Today the prices are going down but are they as low as they were in 1950?  Or could $0.27 buy more in 1950? In this activity we begin to understand the relative…

The V~o~r~t~e~x

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

Black Friday deals

When shopping next Friday, students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to the trip after calculating savings in dollars and percents with this timely investigation.

Delicious pumpkin pie

I make the best, best, really best pie. Every year more and more people come to our house on Thanksgiving morning for my famous pumpkin pie and a hike in the nearby woods.  This year 23 people have already accepted.…

Nobel Prizes

This is the medal that is given to the Nobel prize winners.  Check it out. (Teachers, you could get into Roman numerals right here.)       LittleRomanNumeralLesson.pdf What do you know about the Nobel Prize?  Who do you know who has…

Kilauea’s lava flow

The volcano, Kilauea, on the Big Island of Hawaii, has been active and erupting since 2008.  There are two lava flows at present and one is now approaching homes on the Big Island. This is another example of natural events…

Making a ghost costume

I’m going to make a costume pattern to sell.  People can buy my plan and make awesome, long, full, scary, ghost costumes.  This scheme will be so simple.  Perhaps I’ll get rich! In this activity young students can reason about…

MAVEN arrives at Mars

Recently the MAVEN spacecraft (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) that was launched on November  18, 2013 reached Mars and attained an elongated orbit around the planet.  How does someone figure out how to do that?

Ebola updated

Ebola has continued to gain strength and devastate regions of West Africa.  WHO (World Health Organization) updates their data frequently and the progress and lack of control of the epidemic is very concerning. We’ve gathered the present numbers again for…

Saffron and paella

In order to cook Paella (a delicious Spanish rice dish) I needed to buy Saffron spice.  It was hugely expensive.  So, I’ve decided to start a business of growing saffron and becoming immensely wealthy.