There have been a lot of cruise ship mishaps and disasters this year. While these are in the news, let your students consider how these floating cities manage their resources and which of their needs are precarious as they calculate…

The two Voyager space probes are in the news recently as they approach the edge of our solar system. Scientist can tell that the Voyager’s environments are changing. They are receiving more high-energy particles streaming

In the board game, Monopoly, does a property’s distance from GO correlate to its rent when you land on it ? Using Brian’s spread sheet (list of properties, distance from GO, rent and rent with properties) students create scatter plots.…

Brian loves Twinkies and the news that Hostess is going out of business has upset him terribly. He needs his Twinkies. Twinkies last forever. Right? He’s going to buy enough for 15 years of Twinkies. In this activity, students examine…

Act One: Check out the video slide show. What questions do you have? The Activity: Stacking Jack Suggested Question: How many different ways can I stack Jack? That is, how many different color arrangements are there? If I wanted to take…

Time to give students some authentic math on a topic they will surely be interested in … Starbucks. We ask and answer a few questions in this activity. About how many drinks does Starbucks sell in a year? If I…

I found this graphic online that should help me figure out when to try to watch an Olympic event on any day. The chart seems a little confusing. Can your students help me figure it out?

Act One: The world record for the tallest structure made of Legos was recently set in Seoul, South Korea. Check out the pictures and video below: How much do you estimate that it costs for only the materials, to build this tower?

This activity could be used as an introduction to trig ratios. Students figure out the approximate length of the huge branch that I have to fell for safety and firewood. After approximating the branch’s length, they calculate how many logs…

How long will it take me to download the video game? This can be done as a 3 Act Task. To get started simply show the video and following picture to your class. ACT ONE: I decided to download a…

Students ponder the relationship between place latitudes and average January temperatures while they try to discover a correlation. Is this a linear or near linear relationship? … averaging, missing data for averaging, line of best fit, Google Earth, world locations,…

Jeremy Lin is the New York Knicks most startling player. His story is exciting in that he graduated from Harvard in 2010 and was not immediately drafted into the NBA. At first he was playing in the NBA Development League…

The NBA All Star game is being held on February 26th. Did you know that this was the third major professional sport all star game in the last month. The Pro Bowl and the NHL All Star Game were also…

Tim Tebow is the talk of the sporting world. This Saturday he goes up against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Playoffs. I keep hearing about “Tebow Time” and I wonder at what point in a game that usually…

Lately the news is filled with talk of the Euro, US foreign debt, the fragility of European monetary systems, and the interdependence of all of these crisis. In this activity students become familiar with the Euro, practice translating the Euro’s…