Category: Holidays and Annual Events

Investigations that relate to regular annual events.

Big Air snowboarding

Graphic generously supplied by GraphicNews.com Starting February 18th a new Olympic sport will be televised … Big Air Snowboarding.  Some of your students may be officianados of snowboarding. Using this activity could be an opportunity to let those students shine.…

Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year

Which Sweet Heart candies are the best deal? – Students decide which quantity of Sweet Heart candies is the best deal.  Ratio tables, unit ratios, devising convincing arguments. 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2 Sweetheart Candies – unit rate and ratio activity using those little candy…

Lunar New Year, 2018

Year of the wood dog Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16th. This will be the year of the Wood Dog.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of…

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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…

Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

The Super Bowl is over now and all of the ads have been seen. Let your students revisit and reflect on the interesting commercials with this scientific notation activity. Newton teacher, Matt Timmins gave us this timely activity which would…

Winter Olympics, PyeongChang: February 9 – 25

Scoring Ski jumping – The scoring rubric for each of the Olympic events is intended to eliminate the possibility of scoring bias from the judges. Let your students learn more about the scoring of one event and decide whether it seems fair…

Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, and football activities

Greasing light poles – How much Crisco are the Philadelphia police using to grease their light poles to discourage climbers? 6.EE.A, 6.G.A, 7.G.B, 8.G, MP5 Typical Super Bowl scores – Students reflect on the mean, median, and mode losing scores, winning scores,…

Will Phil see his shadow?

Phil saw his shadow! 6 more weeks of winter. February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil will again, with great ceremony, come out of his burrow and look for his shadow. There’s nothing like a cute animal picture to make your students smile…

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 2018…

Super Bowl numerals, 2018

Super Bowl numbers are appearing again. As students start getting into the current Super Bowl hype, help them to understand the notation that the sports writers and advertisements are using. Introduce Roman numerals to your class.  In this activity students learn…

Martin Luther King, Jr. activities

Timelines for the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. – Students create one of two timelines about Martin Luther King Jr’s life or the efforts in America to create a racial balance in the U.S. 3.MD, 4.MD, 5.MD, 6.RP, 6.G,…

Days are getting longer

What’s your guess?  How fast are the number of daylight hours changing each day?  Will the changes be dramatic or subtle? Students make guesses; compute how long, on average, the change in daylight hours should be; play with a cool…

Earth’s perihelion

On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, 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…

New Year’s Eve ball drop

On Saturday evening, December 31st, 2017 at 12:59 pm, much of the world will be watching the iconic Times Square Tower’s New Year’s Eve ball drop 141 feet to the roof of the One Times Square Building in Manhattan, NY.  This…

Winter holiday activities (13 ideas!)

Do I have enough wrapping paper? – Students estimate the size of a gift and decide if the given wrapping paper is going to be enough.  Finally they try to create a rule for determining enough wrapping paper from a present’s…