On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Earth will be as close as it gets to the Sun during its orbit. Shouldn’t that make this the warmest time of the year? In this activity students become familiar with the terms perihelion and aphelion as they calculate…

On Saturday evening, December 31st, 2016 at 12:59 pm, much of the world will be watching the iconic Times Square Tower’s New Year’s Eve ball drop 141 feet to the roof of the One Times Square Building in Manhattan, NY. This…

Christmas tree lights – Students first guess how many feet of lights would be required to decorate this tree. The class finds the mean and median of those guesses. Then they brainstorm and refine their guesses. Lastly they figure out how…

In my family it is traditional to eat latkes (Yiddish for potato pancakes) at this time of year. They are fried in a lot of oil and salted generously. My mom’s latkes were wonderful but they couldn’t have been good for…

We spend a lot of money as consumers in the U.S. In this activity we look at historical data to see if there are any patterns in our spending. How does our holiday spending show up in these graphs? What…

Check out the video below: Would you rather have $10,000 a week or $10 million all at once? What kinds of things do we need to think about or factor in when making this decision? If you had to advise…

Construction This is a 3-act activity about an annual display of creativity, engineering, and design as artists contribute cans of food for the shelters and food banks of their city. Students analyze, look for patterns, discuss solutions, and finally quantify the number…

In 2001, J.K.Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series) wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie of this book opened on November 18th, 2016. This is the first in a series of three movies that are meant to…

They changed it. That is so not fair … or is it? You can check out a video news story on the delicious shrinking Toblerone bar here. Two sizes of Toblerone bars are now configured differently. How much did they…

As Veterans Day approaches, let your students learn about and appreciate the meaning of the day by analyzing the powerful data that we’ve supplied. Students can use our numbers to create questions for their classmates … questions that can emphasize the tremendous gift…

Act One: Show this clip of the recent Price is Right program. What questions do your students have? We were wondering what the chances are of 3 contestants in a row, each spinning $1.00, and earning $1,000 each. Act Two:…

Is the system of having an Electoral College unfair? – Students consider how districting can effect the Electoral college vote. 6.RP, 7.RP How much will you make when you are President? – The President’s salary does not change from year to year.…

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.…