Category: Holidays and Annual Events

Investigations that relate to regular annual events.

Scary costumes

Every year Americans spend lots of money on Halloween and Halloween costumes. Use our updated data on Halloween spending in America to engage your students in an analysis of the ratios and percents of population, participation, and money spent in honor…

Which is the best candy deal?

We found big mixed bags of candy at really good prices … we think. Students are asked to decide which would be the best deal and the worst deal on candy.  They can also create their own mixed bags.  This activity…

Vampire bats

Ooooo. Scary!  This is a slightly didactic activity on vampire bats.  We’ve given lots of interesting metric and customary unit facts and asked students to relate those sizes to more familiar objects.  Simply enjoy the season with this slightly creepy activity…

Fantasy Football

In the midst of another NFL season, we introduce students to Fantasy Football. Students first calculate football points given touchdowns, yardage gains and interceptions. They are then challenged to generalize an equation that gives a player’s total fantasy points. Students solve…

Going back to school posts

Who’s going back to school? – Students calculate the historical changes in U.S. population percentages of people who are going back to school and try to formulate reasons for these variations. 6.EE, 6.RP.3, 6.SP, 7.EE, 7.RP.3, 7.SP Does it pay to get…

Fireworks on your calculator

Let your students experiment with their graphing calculators to create a nice fireworks display?  We’ve written a brief activity that questions students about manipulating parabolas, adjusting their calculator windows, and helping them celebrate whatever. Or consider using Desmos or Geogebra to create these fireworks. Enjoy! Or…

A gorgeous, glittery Mother’s Day card

Uh oh!  How do you find the area of a heart? Get your students to help you calculate how many sequins you’ll need to order for this mother’s day class project. The activity:   BejeweledMother’sDayCard.pdf Mother’sDay-card-blank – If you want…

Patriots’ Day

In Massachusetts, April 17th will be a holiday from school and work in Massachusetts.  We celebrate Patriots’ Day on the 3rd Monday in April to commemorate the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord. We…

YUMMY food for Passover

Passover will begin this year at sundown on Monday, April 10th. Jewish families will gather to commemorate the exodus of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. The celebration begins with a traditional meal, the Seder, where the story of…

Fun and crazy things to do for April Fools day

We have two classic puzzles for your April 1st class starters. PerplexingOne.pdf      PerplexingTwo.pdf CCSS: MP.1, MP3,4.OA, 5.G, 8.EE, 8.SP For members we have solutions. PerplexingOne-solution.pdf     PerplexingTwo-solution.pdf Or you might baffle and amaze your students with our Ghost Whisperer lesson.…

Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th

Green, green river – They’re doing it again. In Chicago, the local plumbers union “dye” the Chicago River emerald green.  Students learn what PPM (parts per million) means and  attempt to figure out how much dye is used to sufficiently color…

Sweetheart candies

Here’s some more Valentine’s Day fun.  How many dollars worth of sweet hearts candies are sold each Valentine’s season?  What more could kids want than Sweetheart candies, problem solving, critical thinking, and number sense reasoning? Enjoy!

Have a heart

Clicking on the image above will show the heart larger in a new window. Canstruction® is an event hosted in more than 150 countries throughout the world to demonstrate “innovation, hunger relief  and collaboration”.  Canstruction has raised more than 40 million…