Category: Holidays and Annual Events

Investigations that relate to regular annual events.

Earth Day – 12 possible activities

Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day – There is so much to bring to your classroom to support recycling, conserving resources, studying climate change and protecting our planet. Have you seen more Monarch butterflies lately? – Students read charts, do a little research, and make observations…

Patriots Day, Tax Day, and the Boston Marathon

So much is happening on April 15th this year! As families and the news talk about filing taxes on time, it might be an excellent time to deal with where that tax money goes. Debt and Deficit give meaning to what tax…

Mess with ’em on April Fools Day

This day is known for pranks and puzzles.  Try one of these on April Fools Day. Ask students to analyze where I made my mistake.        PerplexingProblem.pdf For members we have solutions. PerplexingProblem-solution.pdf          CCSS: MP1,…

Get ready for Pi Day!

8 possible activities! Celebrate π in your school and in your math class with 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…

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 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…

Valentine’s Day (11 possibilities)

Parametric graphing, heart area, chocolate volume, making a heart-shaped cake, pie charts of holiday candy sales, how many cans in a can heart canstruction, where do all of those flowers come from, best deal on bagged candies, making a cardioid … Valentine everything!

Lunar New Year 2019 – Year of the Pig

Year of the Earth pig Lunar New Year begins on Tuesday, February 5th. This will be the year of the Earth Pig.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of…

Cost of a Super Bowl ad

1993 McDonald’s Super Bowl commercial Here’s another Super Bowl analysis to motivate your students. 5 million dollars for a 30-second ad.  That is how much a one-half minute commercial will cost during the 2019 Super Bowl game.  Wonder how much it…

Super Bowl numerals, 2019

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. (4 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…

Will we be “in our prime” this year?

Every birthday I consider whether I’m in the “prime of my life” … like when I was 29 years old.  Will this new year be a prime year?  I hope so. Don’t use Google or Siri or whatever.  Just see…

Times Square Ball Drop

Share the data in your class and ask what the numbers make your students wonder and what they can observe from the information. Happy New Year!

Winter and holiday posts (16 great activities)

Soda Santa

Winter Solstice – Students appreciate how their latitude effects the darkness of their late afternoon location as they study the earth’s tilt and the logic of daylight hours. 7.G.3, HSG.C, HSG.GMD.4, HSG.MG.1 –  Updated for 2018! Soda Santa – First students guess too…