Category: Ratio and Proportion

Ranked Choice Voting in NYC

New York City is still tallying its election results for a new Mayor.  This year they tried Ranked Choice Voting.  What does that mean? How does that work?  What are the ramifications of this sort of voting? Do you think that this will be a fairer and more positive way of electing a Mayor? Students experiment with the technique of tallying the votes using our flow chart and make some observations and decisions about the process.

How much is a trillion dollars?

U.S. Congress is now debating how much money to approve on spending for infrastructure.  The numbers are between 1 and 3 trillion dollars. I can’t even fathom that amount of money.  Is there a way to imagine it in proportion to something else?

What is Juneteenth?

Language just updated! You can appreciate why this is such a great celebration when you look at the stages and some of the events and dates of America moving towards freedom from slavery. In this activity students read about the…

Do caffeinated drinks have similar amounts of jolt?

Repaired! We found this interesting caffeine infographic at visual.ly. Wonderings? How many McDonalds coffees do I need to get the same amount of caffeine that I would get in a Starbucks coffee? What is the whole circle worth?  How do you…

Monopoly and summer games

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.  They…

Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest will return this year

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held each July 4th since 1972.
What do you wonder about this event?
What questions do you have from looking at all of this historical data?
How have the records changed?
Why do you think that is?
How many hot dogs can a human possibly eat in 10 minutes?

Memorial Day 2021

Who are we honoring?  How did the holiday come about?  Isn’t Memorial Day usually on May 30th?
Students learn a little about the history of the holiday, analyze the possibilities and patterns for when it is celebrated and make observations about the incredible numbers of deaths that have been caused by war.

Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo – buy it or make it at home?

Students have the guac ingredient list and the price of each ingredient in their usual quantities … like a bottle of lime juice. But we don’t need the whole bottle to make our dip. Students calculate the cost of the various ingredients and decide if making it is more expensive than buying it from Chipotle.