Finally updated! There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the cost to consumers of CFL and LED bulbs and the savings in energy and money that could be realized. Let your students “do the math” and realize some of the…

Because the Cubs just won the World Series, the plumbers have died the river blue. During the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago, the local plumbers union dyes the Chicago River emerald green. Students learn what PPM (parts per million)…

In this fraction operation and representation activity, students are asked to decide how much of my cake was eaten. Using fraction multiplication (or angle measure if that is where you need an activity) they find out how much someone owes…

After the games Thomas Ulsrud, Norwegian curler; Eun-Ryung Sung, South Korean single luge Dachhiri-Sherpa, Nepalese cross-country; Jason Brown, U.S.figure skating The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded. Which country had the most successful olympics? Three students can’t agree. Have your students…

Dunkin Donuts is promoting variety in their mixtures of hot chocolate. Let your students try to figure out how many ways they can create their drink as they calculate the number of combinations possible in our story of stopping for…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, is Valentine’s Day. Start the “love hoopla” with this graphic on where all of the flowers come from. This is part of the graphic from http://visual.ly/valentines-day-facts What fraction of these roses are shaded red? The red ones…

The scoring rubric for each of the Olympic events is intended to eliminate the possibility of scoring bias from the judges. Let your students learn more about the scoring of one event and decide whether it seems fair or not.…

Olympic torches are being carried to the deepest lake, the highest European mountain, into space, and around the host country to bring the Olympic flame to Sochi on February 7, 2014. In this activity, students can witness the Torchs’ trip…

It’s 4th down. Should you go for it? Punt? Kick a field goal? Instead of using your gut, use research, data and math to make the right call … The graph below gives the recommended option for 4th down situations for…

Which movie do you think is the highest grossing holiday movie of all time (click on the movie to see its trailer)? How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, The Santa Clause or The Polar Express Students analyze holiday movie data. They…

My friend from Boston created this list of cities that had won championships (in the last 10 years) in the four major national leagues. What does this list make you wonder? Which city has the best teams? How do you…

Every year Americans spend lots of money on Halloween and Halloween costumes. Use our updated data on Halloween spending in America to engage your students in an analysis of the ratios of population, participation, and money spent in honor of October…

Click on this picture to see it larger in a new window. We all know that a Super Bowl commercial costs a ton of money. What about a World Series commercial? If you were representing a company that wanted to…

François Englert and Peter W. Higgs François Englert and Peter W. Higgs were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theory of how particles acquire mass. In 1964, they proposed the theory independently of each other. In 2012,…