Category: Math and Science

April just had a new baby!

Saturday, March 16, 2019.  April went into labor at about 11:00am and birthed a new baby giraffe at about 12 noon. Here are two past Giraffe baby activities for today!

Which car should I buy?

Presidents Day is also about car sales. Should you buy a hybrid car or an electric car to save money? Students create equations for finding the break-even points of these vehicles by mileage and years of ownership.  They then work…

V-o-r-t-e-x

Use the extreme cold weather to practice and understand integer subtraction.

Huge diamond found in Canada

552-carat diamond found in Diavik Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada Can you tell just how big this gem is?  Do you know how big a carat is? What would this look like on a ring on your finger?

New Horizons spacecraft just flew by a really distant asteroid

On January 1st, 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft passed close to Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object that’s a billion miles beyond Pluto. That milestone marked the most distant celestial object that we have ever been able to see close-up.  In this activity student do some rate conversions to try to understand the delay in knowing that the mission was a success.

Times Square Ball Drop

Share the data in your class and ask what the numbers make your students wonder and what they can observe from the information. Happy New Year!

Winter and holiday posts (16 great activities)

Soda Santa

Winter Solstice – Students appreciate how their latitude effects the darkness of their late afternoon location as they study the earth’s tilt and the logic of daylight hours. 7.G.3, HSG.C, HSG.GMD.4, HSG.MG.1 –  Updated for 2018! Soda Santa – First students guess too…

Egad! It’s already time for Hanukkah

Sunday evening, December 2nd, is the first night of Hanukkah this year. I think it was much later in December last year. Why isn’t it always on the same date? Students look at the Hebrew calendar and appreciate the incredible…

Daylight Savings Time weird happenings

Daylight Saving time is controversial, disruptive, useful, saves energy, increases energy consumption, is inconvenient …  Imagine locations where neighbors are differentiated by one or two hours and experiment with what it might be like to live in a neighborhood of…

Vampire bats

Ooooo. Scary!  This is a slightly didactic activity on vampire bats.  We’ve given lots of interesting metric and customary unit facts and asked students to relate those sizes to more familiar objects.  Simply enjoy the season with this slightly creepy activity…

Columbus’s progression across the Atlantic

The Niña Columbus Day is a bit of an enigma that used to be celebrated throughout all of the Americas. Indigenous people were not treated well by the European colonization that began with Columbus’s voyage. For that reason, many U.S.states…

Fall Equinox 2018

Thursday, September 22nd of this year will be the Autumnal Equinox.  It is the time of year when the imaginary plane that might pass through the Earth’s Equator would also travel through the center of the Sun.  At this auspicious…