Ratio and Proportion

Total solar eclipse – apparent sizes

Where will the eclipse be seen?  What if you are not in the path of totality?  Total solar eclipse?  What is apparent size?  How can the moon seem to cover the sun completely? We’ve created a pretty extensive investigation about…

Perseids meteor showers coming soon

Catching a productive meteor shower can be a stunning experience.  On the evenings and mornings of August 11th and 12th there is hope of a good show.  A three-quarters moon will make the night sky too light to see the…

Who’s going back to school?

Updated! In this investigation students calculate the percentage of the U.S. population (current and historically) that are enrolled in K-12 schools. They are asked to draw conclusions from these variations. Finally, they use their calculations to predict the number of…

Willy Makit and Betty Wont

I have to go to the bathroom pretty badly. I have to admit that I have been holding it in for a while.  Finally!  I see a bathroom sign!  Wait … it is in kilometers?  How far is that?  Should…

Really big beach towel

Act One: Check out this beach towel!  What do you wonder? What would you like to know? Miami artist, Misael Soto (pictured on the left below), created this giant art project to make a statement about people sharing territory at the beach.…

Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

The crack in Antarctica’s Larson C ice shelf has been growing for years.  Has the speed of the rift’s growth stayed about the same? increased? decreased?  Do the math and discuss the implications. The activity:  ice-sheet-rift.pdf

Drinks at the Fair

At the amusement park, our friend, Jason, was intrigued with this sign for drink deals. He and his family come often to the park and, during the summer when it is hot, naturally drink a lot. Which is the best…

New Pirates of the Caribbean – How profitable?

The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie opened on Friday, May 26th. Your students might be looking forward to seeing this movie and motivated to understand the investment expenses and profit expectations. Our data and questions will help them judge this…

Memorial Day 2017

This Monday Americans will celebrate Memorial Day.  Who are we honoring?  How did the holiday come about?  Isn’t Memorial Day usually on May 30th? Students learn a little about the history of the holiday, analyze the possibilities for when it is…

Proposed southern border wall

You have probably heard about the proposed border wall that may go up along the U.S./Mexico border.  How much wall needs to be built? How much will that cost? What is that per mile? Per foot? What else could you…

Measuring sea level

What does this gizmo do? We’ve given students a diagram of what the interior of this mechanism contains and asked them to try to decide what its purpose must be. Then we’ve given them the data that was collected from…

Earth Day, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day There is so much to bring to your classroom to support recycling, conserving resources, studying climate change and protecting our planet. McDonald’s moves toward Antibiotic-free chicken – What will the effects be on costs at the restaurant, costs in…