Wow! It’s been a long time coming. The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series! The last time they won the World Series was in 1908 (For some perspective, that is the same time the first car, the Model T,…

The winner of the Presidential Popular vote (November 8, 2016) is not always the same as the winner of the Electoral College vote (January 6, 2017). In this activity students ponder how that could happen … with data. electoral-college-compare2016.pdf

How many houses can you get to – It’s Halloween. Time to trick or treat. How long will it take you to get to all of these houses? This is a very open-ended task, counting, trick or treating strategies, distance and more.…

One of my favorite foods is a burrito. One of my favorite places to get a burrito is Chipotle. Their food is delicious and environmentally friendly. For Halloween 2016, Chipotle is again running a promotion and charity drive. Chipotle is…

Clicking on any of the above images will open the image larger in a new window. We found big mixed bags of candy at really good prices … we think. Students are asked to decide which would be the best deal…

Show your students this really cute segment comparing how the Electoral College functions in our elections to what students think is fair and just. From the New York Times, Electoral College 101. After showing the video consider asking your students what the grouping…

Let your students marvel at World Record winning giant pumpkins as they use proportions to calculate the quantities of pumpkin puree and the number of pumpkin pies that could be made from one of these giants. To introduce the task…

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Let your students see how votes really count with our activity on the Electoral College. Can someone win the popular vote in the Presidential election and still not become President of…

The Niña Columbus Day is a bit of an enigma that used to be celebrated all through the Americas. Columbus’s mission and arrival are now thought to have not been a noble endeavor in the way that indigenous people were treated. Now,…

We ran into this sale online. Is that advertisement correct? Do they just want us to believe their math and not question what is really 70% off? Is everything or anything really 70% off?

Working with Pascal’s Triangle offers some interesting and varied mathematics. We love to color and the end results are prettier than most math homeworks. Here is the second of 3 activities using Pascal’s coloring. Pascal’s Triangle and Probability – This activity…

On September 15, 2016, Olive Garden again offered a $100 pass for never-ending pasta, bread sticks, salad and coca cola soft drinks. The 21,000 patrons who quickly (in less than a minute) bought all of the passes will be entitled…

In 2015 the NFL changed the extra point kick distance to 33 yards and now teams have a tough decision to make, go for one or two points? The one point extra point is no longer a given with a…

Yep, Apple just announced a new iPhone … the iPhone 7. It will be in their stores on September 16, 2016. What will their record sales be like this time? How many iPhones will they sell? In this activity kids…

Why should students do well in school, graduate high school, or go on to college? In this activity median earnings by various education levels are explored. Students compare the earnings of a non-high school grad with workers who graduated high…