Category: Math and Social Studies

Ranked Choice Voting in NYC

New York City is still tallying its election results for a new Mayor.  This year they tried Ranked Choice Voting.  What does that mean? How does that work?  What are the ramifications of this sort of voting? Do you think that this will be a fairer and more positive way of electing a Mayor? Students experiment with the technique of tallying the votes using our flow chart and make some observations and decisions about the process.

How much is a trillion dollars?

U.S. Congress is now debating how much money to approve on spending for infrastructure.  The numbers are between 1 and 3 trillion dollars. I can’t even fathom that amount of money.  Is there a way to imagine it in proportion to something else?

What is Juneteenth?

Language just updated! You can appreciate why this is such a great celebration when you look at the stages and some of the events and dates of America moving towards freedom from slavery. In this activity students read about the…

Memorial Day 2021

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 and patterns for when it is celebrated and make observations about the incredible numbers of deaths that have been caused by war.

AQI – Air Quality Index

The AQI is a measurement of how much particulate matter, dangerous ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide there is in the world’s atmosphere at any one time and place. Students learn about the scale of the AQI and research some of the contributors for many unhealthy locations.

Earth Day 2021

Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day – We have 15 interesting activities that support recycling, conserving resources, noticing climate change and protecting our planet. The shape of Louisiana – At what rate is the state loosing land and wetland?  Why is this happening?  Will…

Which car, hybrid or electric, should I buy?

Students create equations for finding the break-even points of hybrid and electric vehicles by mileage and years of ownership.  They work with systems of equations to find the number of years or number of miles where the cost of these cars are the same.

Will our U.S. flag change yet again?

How many stripes are in our present flag pictured above?  (The bottom right flag that has been in use since 1960.) How many stars? What do the numbers of stars and stripes represent? U.S. Congress is again considering whether to…

Man paid in 500 pounds of greasy pennies!

In this 3-act activity, students learn about the story, watch a PowerPoint presentation about the issue, and try to calculate the amount of money in this pile. Copper pennies, zinc pennies, metric to standard conversions, and more.