Author Archive for oldmanmarks

Challenging Problems

I asked #MTBoS & Twitter in general for suggestions for resources with challenging problems (not lessons or activities, just problems), preferably searchable by CCSS or math concept/skill.  Many people asked me to share. Here is some of what I heard…

How did they figure these tips?

Act I:  This restaurant bill has the suggested tips, but they are smudged out.  What should they be?  Consider having students make a fast 5 to 10 -second prediction in their heads. Act II:  Students work – for few minutes…

Rich, Real World Tasks – ATMIM Presentation

Here are our slides from our ATMIM Spring Conference Presentation.  We had a great time doing math and talking real world and rich task implementation with the group.  We will keep our users posted as to where we are presenting…

Who can play in this play area?

                We visited a Chic-fil-A recently.  We had a great meal and my son loved playing in the play area.  While at the play area I noticed two different signs that gave the…

How Many Pennies did Otha Save?

Otha Anders used picking up pennies as a way to remember to pray.  In this 3-act activity we try to estimate how much he actually collected and stored in 5 gallon water jugs.  Kick off the activity with the article with…

Free Pizza for a Whole Stadium?

Act One: Clemson Football Head Coach, Dabo Swinney, offered an amazing “poll party” with pizza for everyone if Clemson makes the College Football Playoffs in the last poll of the season.  See the written news story here.  See the news video clip…

What’s your favorite sport?

What is your favorite sport?  Wait, do I mean your favorite sport to play or your favorite sport to watch? Does it matter? Are your favorite to-watch sport and your favorite to-play sport the same sport or different? How does…

How much can my DVR record?

How many hours of HD video can my DVR strore? How about SD video? I love my DVR.  I can record my shows and movies and watch them whenever I want.  I know that when I record HD programs my…

How Much is a Tweet Worth?

These days it seems everyone is on social media. Are you? Famous athletes and entertainers are on social media and they can make a lot of money.  In this activity students study how the number of Twitter followers relates to tweet…

Should I buy the BIG one?

 Let your students decide if the BIG one is a fair deal.  Click on the pic to enlarge and post on the wall.  Have kids pick a sandwich.  Which size will they get?  Which size is a better deal?  Make…

How Old Are You?

We usually give our ages in years, but that isn’t very precise is it?  In this activity students find their age in days, hours and minutes.  First students take two minutes to estimate their age in days, hours and minutes.…

How Many Donuts is That?

Act One:  Take a look at the picture.  What is the first question that comes to mind? How many donuts is that?  What information would be useful? Act Two: See pictures below. Your students can view all five pictures on…

Movie tickets over time

How Much Will Movie Tickets Cost in the Future? We’ve just updated this activity. In this investigation, Brian looks at the changes in movie ticket prices over the last 30 years. Using his scatter plot (or his data) students analyze rates…

Chili Con Queso

Act 1: Take a look at the promo at Moe’s.  What is the first question that comes to mind? How much does a 42-gallon jug of Chili Con Queso cost?  How many cups or bowls of Chili Con Queso is that?…