Holidays and Annual Events

Investigations that relate to regular annual events.

Season 12, American Idol

Let your student study American Idol viewing figures over the last eleven seasons. Students compare historical season premier and season finale audience size in several different ways to determine which event has had higher viewership.

Foil prank

Robert Kaplinsky kindly contributed this post.  We think it would make a great April Fools day activity. Check out his site for more great lesson ideas. Watch this movie with your class:   foil_prank The Challenge(s) How much does it cost to…

Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is here again and that means candies and chocolate.  In this activity students approximate the volume (through finding surface area) of three different pieces of chocolate.  The chocolates are shaped like a heart, a bat (for Halloween) and…

Whole lot of cookies

Jennifer Fairbanks from Hopkinton, MA sent us this picture of the cookies that she baked in 4 hours using 13 eggs and 5 cups of sugar. Do you see some math here?

Shopping season begins!

Friday, November 23rd marks the beginning of the holiday shopping craze.  Students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to those shopping trips after calculating savings in dollars and percents

Valentine’s Cardioid

WojciechSwiderski at the Polish language Wikipedia Happy Valentine’s Day!              cardioid.pdf This PDF contains four ways students can draw cardioids for Valentine’s Day.