In 1950, one gallon of gasoline costs $0.27. Today the prices are going down but are they as low as they were in 1950? Or could $0.27 buy more in 1950? In this activity we begin to understand the relative…

Hey, the playoffs are about to begin. The best teams from the leagues compete to determine the champion. Must be some really great teams! But wait, the 2014-15 Carolina Panthers made the NFL playoffs by winning the NFC South with a…

Happy Holidays! This Soda Santa is made up entirely of 12-pack cans of Coca-Cola products. What questions do you have? Start out the activity by giving kids 30 seconds to look at the picture and have them take a quick…

This is a three act task, with an activity guide. Show students the act one video. What questions do they have? How much could the Star Wars kit cost? Follow the activity guide, find costs based on the cost of…

When shopping next Friday, students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to the trip after calculating savings in dollars and percents with this timely investigation.

With only 16 games in an NFL regular season every game and every play is crucial. Teams need to win each week or jobs are on the line. To win you have to score points. Points translate to wins. So…

I make the best, best, really best pie. Every year more and more people come to our house on Thanksgiving morning for my famous pumpkin pie and a hike in the nearby woods. This year 23 people have already accepted.…

This activity can be used in a large range of grade levels. Your class can work on percents, linear equations or piecewise functions. Act One: We missed the semi-annual sale but we want to get ready for the next one. Let’s…

This is the medal that is given to the Nobel prize winners. Check it out. (Teachers, you could get into Roman numerals right here.) LittleRomanNumeralLesson.pdf What do you know about the Nobel Prize? Who do you know who has…

The volcano, Kilauea, on the Big Island of Hawaii, has been active and erupting since 2008. There are two lava flows at present and one is now approaching homes on the Big Island. This is another example of natural events…

Recently the MAVEN spacecraft (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) that was launched on November 18, 2013 reached Mars and attained an elongated orbit around the planet. How does someone figure out how to do that?

Ebola has continued to gain strength and devastate regions of West Africa. WHO (World Health Organization) updates their data frequently and the progress and lack of control of the epidemic is very concerning. We’ve gathered the present numbers again for…

My friend and I were arguing about how long it would take me to double my investment amounts. How will your students figure this out? Are there any tricks? Explore investing and exponential growth as your students discover “The Rule…

Ebola is a deadly virus that has reappeared in Western Africa in an outbreak that began in February of this year. We’ve supplied you with weekly statistics on the progression of this disease and given you and your students a…