Instead of asking students to just believe what you’ve said, why not ask them to verify your assertions? Students plot the points of the stream, perhaps map them with an equation generated by Excel or their calculator, and then use…

Do you or your students love sugary drinks? What if it were against the law to order a large sugary drink where you lived? On September 13th, 2012 the New York City Health Department banned sodas and sweetened drinks larger…

Most of the life cycle of the Magicicada Septendecim is spent underground. Then at 17 year intervals, these cicadas emerge from the ground, climb deciduous trees, molt into adults, mate, lay eggs, and die. Why does the 17 year interval…

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…

Here are some pictures from a recent snowfall at my house. How Much Snow Did I Get? Have students make an estimate. Ask them for a guess that is probably a little too low and one that is probably too…

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

Clicking on this map of the Mayan territories will open it larger and in a new window Luckily, we’ve passed 12/21/2012 and the world is still here and we’ve made it into the start of the next Mayan calendar cycle…

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…

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…

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.

I need help! My daughter is traveling in Cambodia and we are supposed to Skype just before her dinner time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. What time is that here in Boston?

After almost 50 years of looking for the subatomic particle that could validate our standard model of physics, two teams working at the Large Hedron Collider (LHC) have both concluded the existance of the particle. Familiarize your students with the…

Students ponder the relationship between place latitudes and average January temperatures while they try to discover a correlation. Is this a linear or near linear relationship? … averaging, missing data for averaging, line of best fit, Google Earth, world locations,…

If all goes well, the next crew of the International Space Station (the ISS) will launch on Sunday, Novemeber 13, 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Keep your student informed and excited about what is happening above our planet…

Mr. Mark’s new little baby can make some amazingly tall streams. Give your class a little chuckle as you introduce them to parabolic motion with this very short analysis of Mr. Mark’s baby’s talent. CCSS: 8.F.5, HSA.CED.2, HSA.REI, HSG.MG.3 Parabolic-pee.pdf…