Category: Holidays and Annual Events

Investigations that relate to regular annual events.

Hurricanes

The official Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1 and doesn’t end until November 30th. Now Hurricane Irma is approaching Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and Florida. Encourage your students to join the conversation, knowledgeably, by using our activity.  Students…

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…

Labor Day, 2017

In this short activity, students learn the meaning and history of Labor Day as they look for patterns emerging from the Labor Day dates over the past years. Students then use those observed patterns to predict future dates of the…

How much does it cost to send you back to school?

Back to school spending is huge and students might not appreciate what it costs to send them back to, essentially, their job of learning.  In this activity students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will…

Perseids meteor showers coming soon

Catching a productive meteor shower can be a stunning experience.  On the evenings and mornings of August 11th and 12th there is hope of a good show.  A three-quarters moon will make the night sky too light to see the…

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…

Chocolate heart-shaped raspberry cake

Students calculate base area or volume of cakes made from 2 cake pan sizes and observe how the volume of the cake changes with the increased pan size.  This is an activity intended to demonstrate that the volume increase is…