Data and Probability

Patriots’ Day

Monday, April 17th, 2017, is the official holiday this year to remember the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began the Revolutionary War 242 years ago in 1775. (The actual date was April 19th, 1775) Both Paul Revere and the…

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.

Lifespan of a meme, the Harlem Shake

Five friends who skateboard and video tape made up a strange dance one afternoon and filmed it on February 2nd.  Now the whole world knows them and their dance … weird.  This is the story of the life of a…

Cruising

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…

Voyager on the edge

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

Monopoly 2014

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.…

How many movies can you see in one day?

Robert Kaplinsky at robertkaplinsky.com shared this lesson idea with Yummymath. With plenty of days off from school coming up you plan to spend a day at the movie theater.  You want to see as many movies as possible. Create a…

Twinkies

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…

The Fiscal Cliff – sounds scary

We’ve used a graphic to help students understand what is meant by the Fiscal Cliff.  Students will understand some of the terms and study the consequences of two upcoming scenarios.  They will be deducing information from the graphic.

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

Stacking Jack

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…

Starbucks, 2012

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…

Humongous vegetables of Alaska

This summer I visited Alaska and truly enjoyed the majesty of the Alaskan scenerey and the many accomplished people that I met. At the time that I was there, the newspaper’s front page was filled with pictures of huge vegetables…

Peak of Hurricane season

The official Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1 and doesn’t end until November 30th. Encourage your students to join the conversation, knowledgeably, by using Brian’s latest creation.  Students read about hurricane classfications and calculate the possible increases in destruction from various…

Curiosity landed on Mars

Keep your students up on what’s happening in space while analyzing Curiosity’s speed, the speed of a radio transmission from Mars, and the deceleration involved in a “sky crane” landing.