Category: Algebra

These posts help students see patterns and relationships.

Pokémon GO! I should have invested

Pokémon GO is all the rage.  News reports show people glued to their smart phones as they travel to nearby landmarks where virtual critters appear and need to be caught by throwing Pokémon Balls with a phone swipe. Well, at least…

10 Million nematodes

Grubs are killing my grass.  I don’t want to put poison into the ground.  What can I do? There are tiny roundworms called beneficial nematodes. They can kill destructive soil pests in your garden and lawn.  They are tiny worms that…

How high can a gymnastic score be?

front row: Laurie Hernandez, MyKayla Skinner, Simone Biles, Ragan Smith back row: Ashton Locklear, Aly Raisman, Alyssa Baumann, Gabby Douglas MyKayla Skinner, Ragan Smith and Ashton Locklear were named as alternates. Gymnasts have just successfully competed in San Jose, California…

Lighting the Olympic Torch

The 2016 Summer Olympic games won’t begin until on August 5th of this year but already the Olympic Torch has been lit and is traveling to the game’s site, Brazil, by 12,000 relay participants. Watch the lighting video and wonder…

Coloring with Pascal’s Triangle … Binomial expansion

Working with Pascal’s Triangle offers some interesting and varied mathematics.  We love to color and the end result is pretty!  Here is the first of 3 activities using Pascal’s coloring. This Binomial expansion activity could be used alone or coupled…

Which is most expensive?

Who knew that creams for your face could be so expensive!  I’m going to have to rethink what to buy for my mom.  Which of these high priced cremes is most expensive? In this activity students observe some prices of…

Games with dice

Time to let students become naturally curious about probability.  In this activity students work in teams to record the frequency of rolled dice combinations. They observe the difference between experimental and theoretical outcomes and consider how sample size affects how the…

How long until they collide?

Show the beginning of the video. Stop the video at about 39 seconds. Take guesses from students. After students have worked for a while and you have traveled around and selected some students and their work to share, show the rest…

Should I replace my toilets?

I’m trying to be more savy about wasting our resources.  I have really old fashioned toilets and I’m trying to figure out if I should invest in saving water.  Can you help me? The activity:  PottyTalk.pdf CCSS: 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5, HSF.IF.B.4, HSF.IF.B.6, HSF.IF.C.7, HSF.IF.C.9, HSF.LE.A.2, HSF.LE.B.5

Powerball jackpot continues to rise in value

One winner last night in New Jersey!  Now the jackpot is back to ONLY 40 million. The Saturday night Powerball drawing is expected to have a winning Jackpot prize of $415,000,000. Examine compound probability to decide if playing Powerball is worth…

Double Discount

  Wow, check out this sale!  I’m gonna be able to get this great hoodie so cheap!   If I use the promo code what will be the total percent off? The activity: DoublePercentOff.pdf CCSS: 6RP.3, 7.RP.3, HSF.IF.C.8b, HSF.LE.A.1c

Will college be affordable?

Whether you or one of your siblings is going off to college next fall, it is useful to know how much colleges cost.  Not going to college this fall? No worries, we can use the information on college costs in…

Where do those convention delegate numbers come from?

We hear nightly about who won delegates in state elections.  But different states have different numbers of delegates.  How is that figured out?  Is it fair? The activity: Delegates.pdf Here’s a calendar of the nomination process:  ElectionCalendar.pdf

The Boston Marathon

Monday, April 17, Patriot’s Day, is the next running of the Boston Marathon. What do you know about marathons? What do you know about the Boston Marathon? How long do you think the marathon is? Make your best guess. How…