Tuesday, February 28, 2017, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent. Mardi Gras is a last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence. In New Orleans…

# Algebra

These posts help students see patterns and relationships.

# Movies and the upcoming Oscars

Highest Grossing Movies – Let your students develop their own ideas about compounded percent change while they have the opportunity to speak about the upcoming Academy Awards show. Worldwide box office income is compared for the top ten grossing movies of all…

# In honor of Presidents’ Day find out about President’s pay

You can’t run for President now, but heck, 2036 is right around the corner. Being President of the United States will be quite an accomplishment and a ton of work. But, how is the pay? Does the job pay…

# Valentine’s Day activities

Chocolate-raspberry heart-shaped cake – Students build a heart cake and use ratio information to find the quantities of cake and icing resulting from increased dimensions. A parametric heart … with love – Students use unit triangles and manually calculate sine and cosine…

# How did I graph this heart?

What equations did I use to make this beauty? algebraic-heart CCSS: 8.EE, 8.F, HSA, HSG

# Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

On Monday, when the Super Bowl is over and all of the ads have been seen, use this scientific notation activity to involve math students in the talk of the day. Newton teacher, Matt Timmins gave us this timely activity…

# Activities for Super Bowl and Groundhog Day

Typical Super Bowl scores – Students reflect on the mean, median, and mode losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores from past Super Bowls as they try to predict this year’s scores. They decide how the next pair of scores…

# Super Bowl ad costs still increasing

Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” commercial from Super Bowl XLIII Here’s one more Super Bowl analysis to motivate your students: More than 5 million dollars for a 30-second ad. That is how much a one-half minute commercial will cost during the 2017…

# Typical Super Bowl scores 2017

The Super Bowl is coming up! Share a prediction for the score of the big game. Don’t just guess, use math to help you get a better idea of what to expect. What are typical scores of a Super Bowl?…

# Getting a new iPhone – which plan should I choose?

Just corrected. Thank you, Jason Kibbe! I want to get an iPhone7 and maybe change my service plan. Which of the above plans should I choose? Student pick one plan and consider the cost of the phone and plan over time. They…

# Home team advantage?

Even before your students check out the graphic below, ask them whether they think a game played at home gives their team an advantage. If so, how much of an advantage? Enjoy the discussion first. Then show the graphic.

# At least the days are getting longer

What’s your guess as to how fast the number of daylight hours will change each day from now until June 21st? Will the changes be dramatic? Will the lengthening days be only a subtle change? Students make guesses; compute how…

# Earth’s Perihelion

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Earth will be as close as it gets to the Sun during its orbit. Shouldn’t that make this the warmest time of the year? In this activity students become familiar with the terms perihelion and aphelion as they calculate…

# Pre-winter holiday activities!

Christmas tree lights – Students first guess how many feet of lights would be required to decorate this tree. The class finds the mean and median of those guesses. Then they brainstorm and refine their guesses. Lastly they figure out how…

# Wrapping presents on the diagonal

Dr. Sara Santos is a popular mathematician and speaker on mathematics. She has worked out a method for wrapping boxes (rectangular prisms) as efficiently as possible. (Watch the video above) Her method was written up in this article in Mental Floss and…