Category: Math and Social Studies


Just before Thanksgiving there are competitions all over the world to celebrate cool design, tricky engineering, and to donate a whole lot of food. How many cans does it take to build this structure?  What information do you need to determine this?  How did you determine your solution? What else did you notice that is mathematical?

Veterans Day 2020

Here are two very different maps about where Veterans live in the U.S. and which states have the largest density of Veterans citizens. What do these two maps make you wonder or realize? How can you explain their comparison?

Ravensburger huge puzzle

Students surmise what the difficulty of a jig saw puzzle entails and use rate calculations to estimate finishing times. They try to confirm whether doubling the number of pieces really increases puzzle completion time by a multiple of four.

5 Election activities

Is the Electoral College vote similar to the Popular vote?  The winner of the Presidential Popular vote (November 3, 2020) is not always the same as the winner of the Electoral College vote (January 6, 2020). In this activity students…

Is the Electoral College fair?

After showing the video consider asking your students what the grouping of students must have been for “colored pencils” to win the class electoral college?  Is there more than one possibility?  What is the minimum number of students that could have voted for colored pencils for them to still win the Electoral College.  Students then consider scenarios where a candidate wins the popular vote, but loses the Electoral College.

Costume spending 2020

Use our current data on Halloween spending in America to engage your students in an analysis of the ratios and percents of population, participation, and money spent in honor of October 31st.  This activity takes kids through finding parts of wholes as well as ratio, percents and proportion problems.  Beware: the tasks in this activity involve some large numbers as well as some challenging fraction/ratio/proportion problems.

Electoral College vs. the popular vote

Click the map to create your own at Let your students see how votes really count with our activity on the Electoral College.  Can someone win the popular vote in the Presidential election and still not become President of…

Chuck E. Cheese needs to shred

It will cost 2.3 million dollars to shred 7 billion, previously printed, tickets in an attempt to reach a bankruptcy settlement at Chucky Cheese. Is that a reasonable amount?

Labor Day 2020

What is this holiday about?  Are we celebrating the start of school?  New cars? The end of summer? In this short activity, students learn about the intended meaning of Labor Day as they read about its origin. For the mathematical…

USPS needs help!

Students learn how the Postal Service is funded and try to decide how the USPS could earn more or spend less in their operation.  They finally get to think about whether the post office should be a government run service or a self-sustaining business.