Algebra

These posts help students see patterns and relationships.

Figuring planting dates

It’s time to get ready to plant my garden again.  But here in Boston we have to start our seeds indoors to give them a head start before we can put plants outside. How should I figure out when to plant my…

Passover macaroons

Passover begins this year on Monday evening, April 10th, 2017, with a Passover seder dinner. Passover is one of the three high holidays in the Jewish religion and celebrates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Let your students…

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…

2015 World Cup Cricket

The Cricket World Cup is being played now in Australia and New Zealand.  This is a complex game that seems to be played with enthusiasm and humor.  In this activity students learn about the game; watch a couple of videos…

Which Sweet Hearts are the Best Deal?

 I have been doing a little shopping for Sweet Heart Candies. I came across these three deals online.  Which should I select?  In this activity students determine which package of Necco Sweet Heart Candies is the best deal.  Students are…

Clean Close Shave

Take a look at the infographic.  What do you see? What do you think?  What do you wonder? In this lesson students compare NFL QB rating of quarterbacks with and without facial hair.  This task can be used to explore a…

Deflategate

The deflated ball controversy makes an interesting segue into negative number line understanding.  A particular digital psi football gauge reads 0 when the ball is at a proper NFL inflation of 13 psi.  Footballs inflated under 13 psi produce negative psi readings…

Do you have text neck?

What does looking down at your electronic device do to your breathing? To your muscles? To your spine curvature? To your pain?  It can lead to a condition called Text Neck.  To learn more about Text Neck and to kick this…

Cost of a gallon of gas

In 1950, one gallon of gasoline costs $0.27.  Today the prices are going down but are they as low as they were in 1950?  Or could $0.27 buy more in 1950? In this activity we begin to understand the relative…

Losing team in the playoffs, 2015

Hey, the playoffs are about to begin.  The best teams from the leagues compete to determine the champion. Must be some really great teams! But wait, the 2014-15 Carolina Panthers made the NFL playoffs by winning the NFC South with a…

Soda Santa

Happy Holidays! This Soda Santa is made up entirely of 12-pack cans of Coca-Cola products. What questions do you have? Start out the activity by giving kids 30 seconds to look at the picture and have them take a quick…

How much does a Lego cost?

This is a three act task, with an activity guide.  Show students the act one video.  What questions do they have?  How much could the Star Wars kit cost?  Follow the  activity guide, find costs based on the cost of…

Done with the leaves … now for the snow

Brian has spent too much time analyzing his leaf raking. He has created an investigation that asks students to calculate how long it would take different numbers of rakers to finish cleaning his yard of leaves. Students see the inverse…

Not enough mashed potatoes

Using his famous mashed potato recipe, Brian has asked students to change decimals to fractions, to calculate ingredient measures for various-sized Thanksgiving gatherings, to explain their thinking in calculating these figures and to judge how many servings could be created…

Rush or Pass?

With only 16 games in an NFL regular season every game and every play is crucial.  Teams need to win each week or jobs are on the line. To win you have to score points.  Points translate to wins. So…