Category: Algebra

These posts help students see patterns and relationships.

Back to school activities

Who’s going back to school? – Students calculate the historical changes in U.S. population percentages of people who are going back to school and try to formulate reasons for these variations. 6.EE, 6.RP.3, 6.SP, 7.EE, 7.RP.3, 7.SP Does it pay to get…

Hurricanes 2019

The official Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1 and doesn’t end until November 30th. Now Hurricane Dorian is approaching the East Coast. Encourage your students to join the conversation, knowledgeably, by using our activity.  Students read about hurricane classfications and calculate…

Who’s going back to school?

Updated! Students look at the past and present populations of the U.S. and the past and present population of school attendees to calculate the percentage of the population that are enrolled in K-12 schools. They are asked to draw conclusions…

Really big shoe

Brian and his son were doing some shopping when he found this shoe.  Egad!  Could that be someone’s real shoe? In this activity student need to use a shoe size chart, patterns or linear modeling to try to figure out…

Wanna rent a chaise lounge?

Brian went to Crete and took a picture of this sign. What do you suppose he’s going to ask next? Yep.  “How much will 6 loungers and 2 umbrellas cost?”  And more … Systems begin. rent-beach-stuff.pdf

What’s the answer?

Math doesn’t usually create a buzz on Twitter.  This past week this post did just that.  People argued online about whether the answer was 16 or 1 and proceeded to insult each other’s intelligence in doing so. Use our write-up…

Are original movies better than their sequels?

We’ve gathered some data on movie ratings and their sequels and asked students to analyze the data, decide on some analysis and debate (with their mathematical data) which are better … the original movies or their sequels. Students see what…

Louisiana

We recently watched the approach of Hurricane Barry and worried about the fate of Louisiana. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, what would another powerful hurricane do to this fragile state? What is it about Louisiana that causes so much…

All-you-can-eat ice cream … 10 cents!

All the ice cream that you can eat for only 10 cents!  Wow, that’s a great deal!  How great a deal was that? The history of the Dairy Queen franchise began with this ad in Illinois in 1938.  I know…

How can Nike give away so much great stuff?

Worldwide Nike supports many teams and athletes.  They design, manufacture, and supply gear for almost every sport imaginable. How much are those give-aways worth?  Is the company going to go broke? Probably not.  Nike is huge. In this activity we…

California earthquakes and the Richter Scale

After a July 4th 6.4 magnitude earthquake, California experienced 7.1 magnitude quake two days later. Many more quakes and aftershocks are expected. The IRIS (Incorporated Research Institute of Seismology) Seismic Monitor will allow your class to visualize the most recent quakes and their…

Betsy Ross’s Star

Flag of the United States from 1777 to 1795. In honor of Independence Day we thought it would be fun to look at one story about the first American Flag. The rough design of the flag was drawn by a…

The longest day

On Friday, June 21st, at 11:54 am EDT, the Earth’s North Pole will be tilted as far towards the Sun as it will ever be in the year.  This marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and…

Spiraling squares – compass and straight edge

Can you see the many spirals in this design? Students calculate the size of each increasing round of squares and consider what sort of spirals these must be. The activity: SpiralingSquares.pdf Working with a little mathematical art is a great…