Category: Holidays and Annual Events

Investigations that relate to regular annual events.


This activity is a investigation intended to get students and teachers to loosen up a little and appreciate how just considering a situation might lead you to a very reasonable approximation.
Too often students think that there is only one answer that is right and that the method for approaching that solution is also limited to the “correct” approach. Surely this fear of experimenting and guessing leads to math anxieties and the fear to reason and experiment.

Weird and spooky puzzles for April Fool’s Day

This day is known for pranks and puzzles.   Try one of these 4 activities on April Fools Day. Ask students to analyze where I made my mistake        PerplexingProblem.pdf For members we have solutions. PerplexingProblem-solution.pdf      …

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day (3 activities)

Finding 4-leaf clovers! Shamrocks in Ireland are actually be 3-leafed white clover, trifolium repens. If you are lucky, you can sometimes find a four-leafed clover.  How rare is finding a 4-leafed clover?  How hard do you have to look?  What…

It’s time to gear up for Pi Day

Seattle, Washington Pi sculpture

8 activities to help celebrate π in your school and in your math class. Activities that demonstrate how π was derived; visually show why π makes sense; show a surprising place where π is used; increase students ability to measure and long divide; applauds the talent of people who can memorize large strings of numbers; and lets students just have fun.

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday

Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity.

Sweetheart candies are back … sort of

How many dollars worth of sweet hearts candies used to be sold each Valentine’s season?  Let your students taste the candies while they do the math. Student learn of the pain of a new manufacturer.  They practice problem solving, critical thinking, and number sense reasoning?

Super Bowl and Ground Hog day (9 activities)

+ Even more NFL math! Super Bowl ads and scientific notation  Updated! – 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…

Super Bowl Numerals

Students learn the rules for evaluating Roman numerals, decipher copyright dates, see how Roman numerals are used today, and do some strange looking arithmetic and surprisingly easy computation. 

Lunar New Year 2020 – Year of the Rat

Year of the Metal Rat Lunar New Year begins on Saturday, January 25th. This will be the year of the Metal Rat.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of…

Martin Luther King, Jr. (5 activities)

Data on the National Mall sites – Two data analysis activities about the National Mall. Who do we honor? – What people or events are included in the National Mall monuments? Students use fractions or percents to decide what they can notice…