Here are some of our favorite activities that can be used in your class anytime. We are constantly updating and adding activities to this page, so check back often. On a smart phone view this in landscape mode to see all 3 columns.

Greatest March Madness Program We give the data and ask "which is the greatest March Madness program?" No one way is the only way or the correct way. The point is to get students reasoning and communicating mathematically. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.3, 6.SP.5, 7.RP.3, MP2, MP3 | Alarming ice cracks in Antarctica Students study the progress of 3 chasms on the Antarctica ice sheet through maps using scale. Finally they estimate actually how large the soon-to-be iceberg created by this calving will be. 6.G.A, 7.G.A, 7.G.B, HSG/GPE.B.7, HSA/CED.A.2, HSG/SRT.A.1, HSN/Q.A.1 | March Madness - Does seeding really matter? Students work with percents as they get excited about March Madness. Is getting a higher seed really an advantage? Use 30 years of data to help determine for which seeds it makes sense to pick an upset. 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3, bar graphs, percent |

The perfect bracket - How many ways? Combinations, counting games played, 4.NBT.4, 7.G.1, 7.SP.8, MP.1 | New baby giraffe, Willow Students work with rates, ratios and proportions as the consider the difference in growth rates between humans and giraffes. Very cute animal. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3 | Iditarod 2017 Students do some rate, distance, and hardship comparisons to decide if they agree that the Iditarod is really the Last Great Race on Earth. 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.RP.A, 6.NS,7.RP.A |

Comparing Star Wars movies How will students define success? Total sales minus costs? Most earning per dollar spent? Most tickets sold? How should we account for inflation? 4.NBT.5, 4.NBT.6, 4.OA.2, 4.OA.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, 6.NS.2, 7.NS.3, MP3 | Windchill Students read charts, interpolate values, calculate values, and look for patterns, 5.OA, 7.RP, 8.EE, 8.SP, MP4, HSA/REI | Sweetheart candy unit measure, 6.RP, 7.RP, N-Q |

How do you count a crowd Students consider the Million Man March and pictures of civil rights marches to consider how you could count a crowd. What info do you need? 4.MD.A, 6.G.A, 7.G.B, 7.RP.A, HSG.MG.A.2, HSM, MP4 | Super Bowl numerals Review or introduce Roman numerals as students see how they are used, decipher them, and do some surprisingly easy calculations. 5.NBT, 6.NS, 7.NS | In honor of Presidents' Day - President's pay The Presidential pay is not adjusted yearly. It is decided by an act of Congress. There have only been 5 changes in the Presidential salary. Students predict the future, graph a step-graph, and check out the equivalent CPI of all of these salaries. 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.RP.3, 7.EE.4, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSA.REI, HSF.IF.4 |

Is 2017 a prime year? Students work at figuring out whether this large number is prime without looking the fact up. Then they need to explain their reasoning. 4.OA.B.4, 5.NF.B.5.a | Getting a new iPhone, which plan should I choose? linear relationships, graphing, data analysis, intro to systems, 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.EE.8, HSF-IF.B.4, HSA-CED.A.2, MP.3, MP.4, MP.8 | 3 winners in a row, Price is Right This 3 act task asks students to investigate the odds of 3 winners in a row. 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7, 7.SP.8, HSS.CP.B.9 |

Super Bowl ads and scientific notation Students practice using scientific notation as they calculate the cost of Super Bowl commercials. 5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.2, 6.EE.2, 8.EE.1, 8.EE.3, 8.EE.4, HSA.SSE.A.1 | Which is the best deal? Students first calculate and then argue how they figured out which deal offers the most savings ... dollars? percents? something else? 4.OA, 4.NBT, 4.MD.A, 5.NBT, 6.RP, 6.EE, 7.RP, 7.EE.A | Chocolates Estimation, mean radius estimation, area and volume, 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 6.G.1, 7.G.4, 7.G.6, 7th |

Are these really 70% off? Students wrestle with "up to" and "percent off" as they try to understand whether this ad is misleading. 6.RP.3, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.3, 7.RP.A | Oreo Stuffiness Students examine the ratio of wafer to "stuf" in various types of Oreos. 6.RP.A.3, 7.EE.B.3, 7.RP.A.3, HSF-IF, HSM, HSS-ID.A, MP6, MP8 | Super Bowl ads still increasing Students create a plot to understand how the price of a 30 second ad has changed over time. They can use Desmos and/or Plot.ly, decide if this is linear, exponential, or what, and predict the future. 8.F.3, 8.F.5, 8.SP.1, HSS.ID.B.6a, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.IF.C.8b |

Year of the Fire Rooster-Lunar New Year Students work through finding the least common multiple as they learn about the luni-solar calendar and this important annual Asian event. 6.NS.4, 7.SP.8, S-CP | Holiday candy sales Students work with pie chart, percents, estimation, data analysis and big numbers. 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3 7.EE.3 | Pixar vs DreamWorks Students analyze which company makes better animated movies creating box plots, bar graphs, and using data analysis. 3.MD.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.3, 7.SP.4, HSS.ID.A.1, HSS.ID.A.2, HSS-IC |

How many pennies did Otha save? 3-act task where students figure out how many pennies Otha saved over 45 years in 5 gallon water jugs. 5.MD.3, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 7.NS.3, 7.EE.3, MP.1, MP.2, MP.3, MP.4, MP.5 | How much snow is that? Students calculate the weight of all of this snow by estimating and using the snow-water-equivalent unit (SWE). Then they calculate the weight of the snow 2 ways. Is this a real picture? or photoshopped? 5.MD.C, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, 7.G, 7.EE.A | Let's get rich Students use annual increase data to either approximate annual growth rate or calculate annual growth rate. 7.RP.3 ,HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.B.5, HSN.RN.A.2, HSM |

The Ghost Whisperer Why does it work? viable arguments, MP.1, MP.3, MP.4, MP.7, MP.8 | Who can play in this area? Students create a representation that satisfies the rules of this playground. Inequalities and systems, 6.NS, 6.EE, 7.EE, 8.EE.8, HSA.REI.D.12, MP4, MP6 | Should I replace my toilets? Water conservation, graphing, unit rate, functions, 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF-IF.B.4, HSF-IF.B.6, HSF-LE.A.2, HSF-LE.B.5, HSF.IF.C.7, HSF.IF.C.9 |

Rush or Pass? Correlation of points scored with passing plays and running plays, 8.SP.1, HSS.ID.B.6, HSS.ID.C.8, HSS.ID.C.9, HSS.IC.A.1, HSS.IC.B.6 | One huge beach towel! In this 3-act activity students decide what they know and figure out what they need to know to approximate the dimensions, area, and seating capacity of this big towel. 6.G.A, 7.G.B | Someone ate my cake Fractions, fraction operations, percents, or degrees, 3.NF, 3.G.A, 4.NF, 4.MD, 5.NF |

Coloring and Fibonacci Introduce your students to the beauty of the Fibonacci pattern as they color and create for themselves. 5.OA.B, 7.RP.A.2, HSF.IF.A.3 | How much can my DVR record? HD and SD recording rates CCSS: 6.RP, 6.EE, 7.RP, 7.EE, 8.EE.5, A-CED | How much will movie tickets cost? scatter plot, interpret graph, linear model, 8.SP.1 , 8.SP.2 , 8.SP.3 , HSF-IF.B.6 , HSS-ID.B.6 |

How many times bigger? Three act about size comparison, measurement, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 7.G.6, 7.RP.3, HSG.-MG-A.1, MP1, MP2, MP4 | Wow! Expensive face cremes Students use an expensive facial creme rate to find the cost (at that rate) of milk and gas. 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, MP.6, MP.8 | How many donuts is that? Three act activity on estimation, analysis, and reasoning. 4.MD.3, 4.NBT.5, 4.OA.3, 5.MD.5, 6. RP.3, 6.G.1, 7.G.1, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP6, MP7 |

Stacking Jack Permutations, arrangements 7.SP.8 , HSS-CP.B.9 | Pascal's Triangle coloring with the Binomial Expansion Students analyze the patterns in Pascal's Triangle, color some of them, and see the pattern of coefficients when binomials are raised to different powers. 8.EE.C.7.b, HSA.APR.C.5, MP.7 | What's wrong with this picture? Let your students ponder this menu to decide if the numbers advertised could possibly be right. Establish reasonableness in advertising. 3.G, 4.NF.B, 5.NF, 5.NBT, 7.G |

Typical Super Bowl scores Students study historical Super Bowl data and reflect on average (mean, median, and mode) losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores. They judge which of these central measurements seem the most meaningful and explain their reasoning. 6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.4, S-ID.2 | How much caffeine? Circle graphs, unit rate, fractions, 5.NF, 6.RP, 6.NS, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.G, 7.SP | Big burger ratio & proportion, 5.NF.6, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.1 |

Drill bit fractions Equivalent fraction play, 3.NF.3, 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2 | How did they figure these tips? 3-act task to figure out whether the suggested tips are based on just the meal or the larger total with tax. 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3 | Wheel of Theodorus This is an art project to use as you study Pythagorean Theorem and begin to use irrational numbers. Students can visualize irrational numbers more easily than calculating them.7.G,8.EE.A.2, 8.NS.A, HSN.RN, HS.REI, MP5 |

Storm cleanup Students use trig ratios to calculate the length of this branch + unit rates 7.RP, 8-RP, G-SRT, G-MG | Watson save Real life Pythagorean investigation 8.G.7 | The Cubs ! It's been a long time since the Cubs won the World Series! How long? How many players have waited? How many at bats? 4.OA.A, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, MP5, MP6 |

Methane math Pie charts, percents, greenhouse gas 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.SP | Largest coffee cup ever proportion, ratios 7.G 8.G, G.MG, G.GMD | Parabolic pee parabolas, quadratic 8.F, A-CED, A-REI, G-MG |

Another year of Never Ending Pasta Is it worth it? Will Olive Garden go broke? Reasoning, gathering data, mathematical arguments, MP.3, MP.4, 4.OA.3, 5.NBT.7, 7.SP.A.2, 7.RP.A.1, HSS-IC.B.4 | Where have all the flowers ... come from? analyzing data from pictograph, 4.OA, 4.NF, 5.NF, 6.RP.3, 7.RP | Do I have enough wrapping paper? Students estimate the size of our box relative to an iPhone (or you can give them the dimensions). Then they calculate and communicate their reasoning. 3-act task, 6.EE.A, 6.G.1, 6.G.4, 6.G.A, 7.EE.B, 7.G.6, 7.G.B, estimation, HSG.MG.A.3, MP5, nets, surface area |

Giant macaroon nutcracker Two activities. First on ratio, volume, surface area, and ingredients. Second, 3-act activity, approximating the number of macaroons. 3.MD, MP.1, MP.2, MP.3, MP.4, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 7.G.6, HSG.MG.A.1 | When will they collide? time, rate, distance, 8.EE.7, HSA.REI.B.3, HSA.CED.A.1 | Jock tax Students calculate state tax rates to figure out where a professional athlete should live and what salaries are equivalent in different states. 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3 , 7.EE.3 |

How much did the temp change in Boston? Quick check on integer subtraction. 6.NS.5, 7.NS.1, 7.NS.3 | Which is the best deal on candy 3-act activity on deciding which price and mixture of bagged candy is the best and worst deals. 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.2, MP3 | Canstruction Discussion, planning, finding patterns, squares, summation, working together, and social consciousness 4.MD.3, 6.EE.1, 5.MD.5, 7.G.6, F-LE.2 |

Clean Close Shave Students use quarterback rankings to consider sampling, causation versus correlation, misleading data, measures of central tendency, variability and data visualization,6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2, 7.SP.3, 7.SP.4, HSS.ID.A.2, HSS.ID.C.9 | Ladder figuring Estimation, approximation, Pythagorean theorem, 6.RP, 7.G, 8.G | Pythagorean Triples + coloring Students become more familiar with Triples as they look for patterns, color, and observe the beauty and order of mathematics. 8.G.B, 7.G.B, HSG, 8.SP.A, HSS, HSA.APR.C.4 |

How many movies can you see? Engaging in problem solving MP-3 , 3.MD.1 , 4.MD.2 | Double discount Is 50% off and then 20% off equal to 70% off? 6RP.3, 7.RP.3, HSF.IF.C.8b, HSF.LE.A.1c | Extreme weather Absolute value, integer subtraction of negatives, 6.NS.5, 6.NS.6, 6.NS.7, 7.NS.1, 7.SP.3, 7.SP.5 |

Home team advantage Making observations from graphic about home team advantage 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6.RP.3 , 6.SP.2 , 6.SP.5 , 7.SP.4 | Wrapping presents on the diagonal Surface area, Pythagorean theorem, geometry, hands-on, 7.G.6, 8.G.7, HSG.SRT.C.8, HSG.MG.A.3, MP3, MP4 | Cost of a gallon of gas Current value pricing, decimal multiplication, Excel charts, Excel formulas, inflation rates, 5.G, 5.NBT, 6.NS |

Cost of light bulbs Students work with decimals operations, order of operations, graphing, systems and piecewise functions. The task is accessible for students from 5th grade through high school. Energy use, 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.1, 6.EE.9, 8.EE.8, HSF.IF.C.7.B, HSA.REI.C.6, HSA.CED.A.2 | How much have donuts changed Students understand torus volume formula and compute changes, 8.G.C.9, donuts, HSA.APR.D.6, HSA.SSE.A.1, HSA.SSE.A.2, HSA.SSE.B.3, HSG-MG.A.1, HSG.GMD.A.3, HSG.GMD.B.4, Torus, Volume | Chili Con Queso Students figure out how much a 42-gallon jug of Chile con queso should cost, 3-acts, proportions, equivalent measures, .NBT.5, 5.MD.1, 6.RP |

Hexadecimal coloring or paint with numbers This activity is good for students, artists, web designers and more. Learn to recognize the meaning of hexadecimal magnitude and how colors of light combine.5.NBT, 6.NS.C, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, 8.SP.A, HSS, HSF, HSS.ID | Perplexors Slope, reasoning, logic, 4.OA, 5.G, 8.EE, 8.SP | Is the Electoral College unfair? Students watch a cute example of how distributing the electoral districts can produce a different conclusion to the vote. How must the districts have been distributed? 6.RP, 7.RP |

An ounce of cola Proportions, cost of cola, gasoline, milk by the ounce, unit pricing, ratio, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, | Ooh! Grubs and Nematodes Students work with dilutions to help me figure the process of spreading 10 million nematodes throughout my yard. 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, 8.EE, HSF | Cruising - An offal post rate per cruise, rate per day, 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, 7.RP.3, 7.NS.3, MP.6 |

Consumer Spending 2016 Students look at 5 and 10 year graphs and try to recognize and explain peaks, valleys, and overall trends. 6.SP.5, 8.F.5, HSS.IC.6, HSS.ID.3 | Hot chocolate choices Combinations, 7.SP, HSS-CP | LEGO fireman estimation, surface area, ratio and proportion, 6.RP, 6.G, 6.SP, 7.G, 7.RP, 8.G, MP.1, MP.2, MP.3 |

10 cents for all you can eat ice cream! Crazy! Students consider the cost of an all-you-can-eat ice cream event ... and then work with the CPI and inflation rates to determine the value of 10 cents in 1938 when a start-up called Dairy Queen first offered it. 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A3, HSF.IF.C, HSF.LE.A | Doubling your money Rule of 72, investment, exponential growth, 7.RP.3, HSA.CED.A.2, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.A.4, HSA.SSE.A.1 | Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King Correctly spaced timeline and analysis of gaps and clusters, Civil rights reminder 3.MD, 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G |

How large a TV should I get? Ratios, pythagorean theorem use, 5MD.1, 7.G.1, MP.1, MP.4, MP.6, HSG | Lighting the Olympic torch The focus of a parabolic mirror to light the Olympic torch. 4.G.1, 4.G.3, 7.G.2 | Monopoly correlations, line of best fit 5.G., 6.SP, 6.SP, 7.SP, 8.F, 8.SP, S-ID |

$10,000 a week or $10 million all at once? How do you judge witch deal is best? Life expectancies? Investments? Taxes? 5.NBT.A.1,5.NBT.A.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3,.HSF.LE.A.1 | Star Wars opening weekend Through data analysis and scatter plots, students try to predict the future. 6.SP, 7.SP, 8.EE, 8.SP, HSS.ID.B.6 | Highest Grossing Movies exponential growth 7.NS, A-CED, F-LE |

iPhone7 - Opening weekend Students explore past iPhone sales launch data and predict how many iPhone 6's were sold during the opening weekend. bar graphs, scatter plot, use equations to model sales growth, 8.F.3, 8.F.5, 8.SP.2, 8.SP.3, HSF-IF.B.6, HSS-ID.B.6, HSS.ID.C.7, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.LE.A.2 | Pascal's Triangle and probability Students first color Pascal's triangle. Then they work through the chances of tossing 3 coins and having them land 2 heads 1 tail. Where's the connection between Pascal's triangle and tossing coins? 7.SP.C, HSS.CP.A, HSA.APR.C.5 | Fish tale Pythagorean theorem in 3-d 7.G, 8.G, 8.NS, G-SRT |

August meteor showers Perseids meteor showers peaks August 11th and 12th. Students practice with moon phase and sky visibility and apparent magnitude. | Souvenirs and concessions Simple systems 8.EE.8, A-CED.3, A-REI.6 | How many wins is Lebron worth? Averages, number of winning points Lebron brings to a game, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.2, 7.SP.4,P, 8.SP.4, HSS.ID |

Penny Wars cylinder volume, measurement 8.G.9 , G-GMD.3 | Delicious pumpkin pie Estimation, proportional reasoning, fraction multiplication, 3.NF, 3.MD, 4.OA.A, 4.NF, 4.MD, 5.NF, 6.RP | Should I buy the Big one? Students consider a menu of tasty-looking sandwiches and try to figure if getting a "Big" one is a good deal. Percent change, ratios, 7.RP.2, 7.RP.3, 7.EE.3 |

Cheesy Goldfish ratio, proportion, equivalency, directly proportional 5.G, 6.RP, 6.SP, 6.NS, 7.RP, 8.EE, 8.F7.RP, 8.EE, 8.F | How many pies will this behemoth make? Ratios, fractions, central tendencies 6.NS, 6.RP, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.SP | Steepness and Fall hiking Students use their interest in Fall hiking to look at the notion of percent grade change and use the Pythagorean theorem in a new way. 7.EE.3, 8.G.7, 8.G.8, 8.EE.5, 8.EE.6, HSF.IF.B.6, HSG.MG.A.1, MP.1, MP.2, MP.6 |

4th down Go for it? Punt? Kick a field goal? - using game data 7.NS.1 , 7.NS, 7.SP.C, HSS-MD.A.2 , HSS-MD.B.5 , HSS-MD.B | Negative exponents, ugh exponents, growth, powers 5.NBT, 6.EE, 8.EE, F-LE | How many bins in the Lego wall? Arrays, multiplication, reasoning, 3-act task, 3.OA.3, 4.NBT.5, 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5 |

Pythagorean Theorem Investigation 8.G.6 | NFL draft picks Students analyze draft pick ranking with potential earning. 6.EE.9, 8.F.3, HSF.LE.A.1 | Macy’s Star Rewards Points Linear function, pay $25 and save 10%, Good deal? 7.EE.3, 7.EE.4, 8.F.4, HSA.CED.A.1, HSA.CED.A.2, HSF.LE.A.2 |

Extra point or 2-point conversion? In 2015 the rules for the NFL changed. Since the extra point kick was almost always successful, the kick line was moved back. Students examine the data and try to make the decision of which option to take. 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7, HSS.MD.B.5, HSS.MD.B.6, HSS.MD.B.7 | Big Gulp Rates, candy bar units, healthy eating, 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.SP | At least the days are getting longer Students use the data to reason how dramatically daylight hours change as we now approach June 21st. Linear change? 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.EE, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.EE, 7.SP |

Two to thes ... Laws of exponents practice, 8.EE, HSA, HSF | HDTV surprise scale, ratio 6.RP, 7.RP | In the cloud Cloud storage sizes and costs compared, practice and understanding of bytes, KB, MB, TB, 5.MD.1, 6.EE.1, 6.RP.3, 7.NS.3, 7.SP.8, 8.EE.1, HSA.SSE, HSN.RN |

Chocolate Milk and mixture problems Mixture Algebra Problem 8.EE, A-CED | Humongous vegetables of Alaska adding and averaging time, ratio 4.OA, 5.NBT, 6.SP, 7.SP | How much does a Lego cost? 3-act activity, unit pricing, random sampling, proportion, mean, 6. RP.3, 6.RP.2, 6.SP.5, 7.RP.2, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2 |

Powerball jackpot on the rise Still no Powerball winner, so Saturday's drawing should be immense. Use the power to study compound probability! 7.SP, S-CP | Pizza deals Unit rates, which slice gives you more? 4.MD.A3, 6.G.A, 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.G.B.4, 8.RP | Dog years Students analyze charts and graphs to reveal the pattern of human/dog aging for different sized animals. Proportionality, looking for patterns, dogs, 4.OA.5, 5.OA.3, 6.EE.9, 7.RP.2 |

Quadratic formula on your calculator Instructions for programming your TI calculator | Brian's mashed potato recipe Students work change decimals to fractions, calculate ingredients for different sized meals, explain reasoning, and decide how much 7.5 pounds of potatoes would make. 5.NF.6 , 5.NF.6 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6. RP.3 , 7.RP.1 | What's your favorite sport? Students check for correlation between their favorite sports to watch and their favorite sports to play. 5.G.1, 5.G.2,8.SP.1, HSS.ID.B.6 |

Twinkies Rates, ratios, percents 5.NF, 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.G.B. | Figuring solar panel angles Students consider the best angle to tilt their solar panels. Protractors or trig, Earth science, solar geometry, 7.G.B, 8.EE.B, HSG.CO, HSG.SRT, HS.TF, HS.C, MP2 | Fall hiking and the Appalachian Trail Hiking rates and calorie needs 6.RP1, 6.RP.2 , 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.1 |

Leicester City Foxes - underdogs to Champions Students work with the flow chart of relegations and promotions in British football; make some observations about this system and its consequences; and calculate percents and monetary conversions. 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, HSS.ID, HSF.IF, MP4, HSN | Huge Key Lime pie How many people will this huge pie really feed? ratios, proportions, volume, reasoning,4.MD, 6.RP, 7.G, 7.RP, 8.G, HSG.GMD | Peak of Hurricane Season Hurricanes, data analysis, graph analysis 6.SP.3 , 6.SP.4 , 6.SP.5 , S-ID.1 |

How high can a gymnastic score be? Let your students understand how the gymnastic's scoring is determined and what is possible now. decimal manipulation, 5.NBT.7, 6.EE.2, 6.NS.3, and the Olympics. | Greatest March Madness program ever From the data, students debate what characteristics make up the best program and how it should be evaluated. Comparisons, mean, mode, ratio, percents, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.3, 6.SP.5, 7.RP.3, MP2, MP3 | Life-span of a meme, the Harlem Shake Interpreting graphs, MP1, MP2, MP3, 8.F.3, 8.F.5, HSS-IC.B.6 |

Is this fountain stream parabolic? Plot the pic of a parabola, change to vertex form, and verify the stream's max point. 7.EE, HSA-SSE, HSA-CED, HSA-REI, HSF-LE, HSG-GPE | What's with the plovers? Plovers have been protected for many years. Shouldn't there population size be better? Students analyze and appreciate, 7.EE.B, 7.RP.A, 8.SP.A, 8.EE.C, HSA.CED.A, HSS.ID.B | Do "better" movies make the most money? Students consider how to measure "best" movies and use our data to see if there is a correlation with how much they earn. 7.SP.1, 8.SP.1, 8.SP.2, S-ID.5 , S-ID.6 , S-IC.1 |

Fantasy football 6.EE.1, 6.EE.2, 7.NS.1, 7.NS.2, 7.EE.3, 7.EE.4, HSA.SSE.A.1, HSA.CED.A.4, HSA.CED.A.2, HSA.REI.B.3, using and finding equations | Does it pay to get educated? Median earnings compared to education levels, bar graphs, motivation, 4.OA.2, 5.NBT.5, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.3, 6.SP.3 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.4, MP.1, MP.3 | Figuring planting dates Students use the Excel function, =DAYS360( __,__ ), to count days backwards to establish when to start seedlings indoors. HSF.BF, HS.M, HSA.REI, HSA.CED, HSN, MP.5 |

Super Bowl cheesy pretzel poppers Students slice a cheese block into 36 equal portions, decide on a portion size and multiply the fractions (and reduce resulting fraction) in a recipe. 5.NF.3, 5.NF.6, 5.NF.7, 6.NS, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G, 7.NS | Lego Tower - Seoul, South Korea How much would all those Lego blocks cost? 4.OA, 5.NBT,6.RP,6.NS,7.NS | Free pizza for a whole stadium full of fans? In this 3-act activity, students figure out how to estimate the expense and quantity of this promise. 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 7.EE.3, 7.G.4, 7.NS.3, modeling, MP.4, MP1, MP2, MP3 |

Do teams that spend a lot win a lot? scatter plots, correlations, sports, payrolls 5.G.1, 5.G.2, 6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 8.SP.1, 8.SP.2, 8.SP.3, S-ID.6 | Can you predict the Bears’ 2015 schedule and win big? Students examine the possibilities for a present, real, contest requiring a prediction of the upcoming Chicago Bears' schedule. They determine the number of ways the schedule could be arranged. 7.SP.8, HSS.MD.A.3, HSS.CP.B.9 | What time is it in Cambodia? International Date line, UTC, GMT, Zulu time, prime meridian, time zone addition 6.EE, 6.SP, 7.EE, 8.G |

QR codes permutations S-CP | GO - man vs machine Students might not have heard of this game but perhaps it is time for their world view to be enlarged. Combinations is the math and current events will motivate 7.SP.C | Organizing data - Venn diagrams? Students are challenged to deduce missing and confusing information. 7.SP.C, diagrams, HSM, logic, modeling, MP.4, MP1, MP3, MP5 |

How old are you? Students figure their age in days, hours, and minutes. Estimation, ratios, conversions, 4.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.MD.1, 6.RP.3, HSN.Q.A.1, MP1, MP7 | How much should you spend on this sale Percents, linear equations, step graphs, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF-LE.B.5, HSA-CED.A.3 | Glowing rectangles Ratios, similar figures, iPhones, wide screens, tube TVs, tablets, and more. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6. RP.3, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, 7.G.1 |

Earthquakes Students compare Richter values. Look at exponential growth. Even get into logs. 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.A.4, HSF.LE.B.5 | Will college be affordable? From our data of the average cost of tuition and room and board, students predict how much college will cost when/if they attend. Linear, exponential, something else? 7.RP.3, 8.SP.1, 8.SP.3, HSS.ID.B.6 | Moneymaking holiday movies estimate, round, percent, graph, 4.OA.3, 4.NBT.3, 6.SP, 7EE.2, 7.RP.3 |

Have a heart canstruction Students reason, debate, and approximate to determine how many cans of food create this Canstruction. MP.1, MP.2, MP.3 | Which TV is the Best Deal? Students use the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate dimensions, area, note similar figures, and area/price, 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.3, 6.G.1 | Fantastic Beasts opens Friday - How much did making the movie cost? Students consider which measure of central tendency will best approximate the cost of making this movie, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, HSS.ID.A.1, HSS.ID.A.2, HSS.ID.A.3 |

Honoring Big Papi A recent creation, made by Dunkin Donuts, honoring retiring Boston Red Sox great, David Ortiz, was made of pastries. How many donuts did that require. 4.MD.3, 6.G.1, 6.RP.3, 7.G.3 | The Blue Marble Students compare mappings -Mercator, Goode homolosine, Gall–Peters, Winkel tripel- and note the various distortions.6.G, 7.G, HSG-GMD.B, HSG-MG.A | David Price, big bucks per ... How much will David Price really be making per season? per game? per start? per pitch? 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, HSM, unit rate |

Losing team in the playoffs comparing ratios, percents, and proportionality 4.NF.2 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3 | The Boston Marathon Distances and rates of runners, elite runners, and wheelchairs + prize money reflections and quantities of security personnel, petroleum jelly and port-o-johns.5.MD.1, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1 | Shrinking Toblerone Students try to measure the price and volume shrinkage and decide if they compare correctly. If not, what should be different? 5.MD.3, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G.6, HSN.Q.A.1 |

2015 World Cup Cricket Students learn about Cricket as they first list or diagram number of matches played and then develop a combination formula. 6.SP, 7.SP.A, 7.SP.C, HSS.CP.B | Longest NHL overtime games in history Proportional reasoning, ratio charts, 3.MD.1, 4.MD.2, 5.MD.1, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.3, 6.EE.6, 6.EE.7, 6.SP.3, 7.RP.2, 7.RP.3 | Pokémon GO! I should have invested Students talk about gaming, notice how much data is used, calculate percent of their monthly data plans consumed, and learn about and add up the amounts that this free app could make. 5.G.A, 6.SP.B, 6.RP.A, 7.SP.B, 7.RP.A, MP2, MP4 |

Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. The length of his major league career was short because of segregation and serving in World War II. What would Jackie's stats be like if he had been allowed to play earlier in his life ... and for longer? 6.SP.3, 6.EE.9, 7.EE.3, 7.EE.4, 8.F.4, HSF-LE.A.2, HSF-LE.A.3, MP.1, MP.3, MP.4 | March 14 - Pi day! See the logic of Pi, use pi, derive pi, Puzzle over pi, measure pi. 15 possible activities for using and understanding the meaning of pi. 7.G.4, 8.NS.1, G-C.2 | Pizza Party Fraction representations and comparison ... pizza 5.NF.3, MP.2, MP.3, MP.7 |

Thank you for all of those diapers Systems of equations, 6.EE.9, 7.EE.4, 8.F.2, 8.F.4, 8.EE.8, HS.F-IF.8.B, HS.F-LE.2, HS.F-LE.5, MP7 , MP8 | Father's Day Blueberry Surprise Multiplication and division with unit fractions. 4.NF.4, 5.NF.7, 6.NS.1, 7.NS.2 | Monster cake Students find surface area to approximate how many M&Ms are needed to finish the cake. Also increasing recipe by what percent. 5.NF, 6.G.4, 6.RP, 7.RP, 7.G.6 |

Can you create a fireworks display on your calculator? Students experiment with creating inverted parabolas, translating them, restricting their windows and creating a fireworks display of their calculators. Lots of room for group work and various levels of involvement. HSA.SSE, HSF.IF | NBA Finals, 2016 Students work with data, most useful data representations, and statistics. 8.SP.1 , 7.SP.4 , 6.SP.3 , 6.SP.5 | Games with dice experimental and theoretical probability analysis, SKUNK, fun 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7 7.SP.8, S-MD.1, S-MD.5, S-MD.6 |

Triple Crown possibiliites Reviewing fractions, calculating miles per hour and miles per minute + horse lingo. 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2, 5.MD.1, 5.NF.1, 5.NF.7, 5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.RP.3, 7.NS.3 | Tornadoes Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF scale), data analysis, tornado appreciation, 6.RP, 6.SP, 7.RP, HSS-ID.A.2 | How much is a tweet worth? Students analyze the relationship between number of tweets and value to endorser. 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2, 8.EE.5, 8.F.4, 8.SP.2, 8.SP.3, HSF.LE.A.2, HSS.ID.B.6, HSS.ID.C.7, HSS.ID.C.8, MP4 |

Greatest NBA season ever How does Stephen Curry match up with the greats? Calculating with weighted formulas and creating your own. 5.OA.1 , 5.NBT.7 , 6.NS.3 , 6.EE.2 , 6.EE.3 , 6.EE.6 , 7.EE.1 , 7.NS.3, MP.4 , MP.7 | Flag Art Students investigate actual flag ratios and then create their own stars and stripes. 4.NBT, 4.NFB, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, 7.G.1 | How much do tickets cost? Solving systems, logic, reasoning,8.EE.8, HSA.CED.3, HSA.REI.6 |

Which Olympic events do you want to watch? Students discuss and measure how the subjectively and objectively scored events have evolved. Great discussions. 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, MP3, MP5 | Swimsuit drag Students observe the mechanics of drag and what Speedo has done to reduce it. Calculations and proportionality 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, HSA/CED.A4, MP1, MP4, MP7 | Olympic medal tables Students compare methods for calculating rank of countries (unsanctioned) in Olympics and create their own ranking formulas. 5.OA.1, 5.OA.2, 6.EE.2, 6.EE.6, 7.EE.3 |

Who's going back to school? Students calculate the percentage of the US population that will be going back to school, currently and historically...percent increase or decrease. 6.EE, 6.RP.3, 6.SP, 7.EE, 7.RP.3, 7.SP | Electoral college vs the Popular vote NY Times electoral college movie showing young students learning about how Presidential elections really work. Understanding electoral college, relative sizes of state's votes, 6.EE, 7.RP.A, 8.EE, HSG.MG.A, MP.4 | The longest day Students compare length of daylight to place latitude. They can use Excel and find trend lines. 6.EE, 7.NS, 7.EE, 7.SP, 8.EE, 8.F, HSA.APR, HSA.REI |

Fall equinox Students use one of four activities to study the change of day length throughout the year. 5.G.A.2, 7.G.A.3, 8.SP, HSG.MG.A.1 | Which is the "best" candy deal? Students argue about candy. Unit price is a consideration but is it all that is important? 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 6.NS.2, MP3 | A parametric heart … with love Students use unit triangles and trigonometric relations to first painfully calculate 4 coordinates of this heart and then use either Excel, graphing calculators, or online tools to complete this lovely heart. HSG.SRT, HSF.TF |

MLK and National Mall data Two activities that analyze who is honored on the National Mall and how many visitors are counted in each area. 6.RP.3, 7.NS.3 | Will Phil see his shadow this year? Students can look at Phil's accuracy at predicting the winter length historically. They calculate his relative frequency of accurate predictions and compare that accuracy to tossing a coin. 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7 | Chocolate heart-shaped raspberry cake Students calculate base area or volume of cakes made from 2 cake pan sizes and observe how the volume of the cake changes with the increased pan size. 7.G.B.4, 7.G.B.6, 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, 8.G.C.9, HSG.GMD.A.3, HSG.MG.A.1, HSN.Q.A, HSA.CED.A.1 |

Which Sweet Hearts are the Best Deal? Students are asked to determine which candy choice is the best deal and argue their reasoning. 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2 | Big Bucks Students compare recent huge contract values for NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and European football and calculate some interesting unit rates ... per year and per game. 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2, 8.EE.5 | Mardi gras - Fat Tuesday Students examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity. 5.NF, 6.RP, 6.EE, 7.RP |

Which is better ... original movies or their sequels? Data analysis, box and whisker plots, measures of central tendency, 6.SP.1, 6.SP.2, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.3, 7.SP.4,HSS.ID.A.1,HSS.ID.A.2, HSS.ID.A.3, HSS.ID.A.4, HSS.IC.A.1 | We have two activities for Saint Patrick's Day: Shamrock Shake - Students look at calories, etc. to decide what would be left for one day's meal allotment after a shake. 6.SP, 6.RP, 7.SP And Dyeing the Chicago River Green - parts per million. 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G, 7.RP, 7.G |