Category: Math and Social Studies

Earth Day – 12 possible activities

Monday, 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. Have you seen more Monarch butterflies lately? – Students read charts, do a little research, and make observations…

Passover and Easter are almost here

6 activities! Peeps – Students estimate the number of Peeps sold each Easter season.  They consider reasonability by making guesses they think might be too high and too low. Students determine necessary info, problem solve and improve their original estimates.  They conduct random samplings…

Patriots Day, Tax Day, and the Boston Marathon

So much is happening on April 15th this year! As families and the news talk about filing taxes on time, it might be an excellent time to deal with where that tax money goes. Debt and Deficit give meaning to what tax…

Value of a lifetime of Whoppers?

Locked in a smelly bathroom for one hour and then promised a lifetime of Whopper meals, an Oregon man sued BK when the manager’s promise was withdrawn. How much money should he ask for in his suit? The activity: BurgerKingBathroomLawsuit.pdf

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…

President’s Pay for Presidents’ Day

The President’s have only received a pay increase 5 times in the United States. Picture it with a step graph. Calculate the actual salary using the CPI (Consumer Price Index). Do the Presidents need a raise?

Lunar New Year 2019 – Year of the Pig

Year of the Earth pig Lunar New Year begins on Tuesday, February 5th. This will be the year of the Earth Pig.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of…

Martin Luther King, Jr. (4 activities)

Data on the National Mall sites – Two data analysis activities about the National Mall. Who do we honor? – What people or events are included in the National Mall monuments? Students use fractions or percents to decide what they can notice…

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…

Consumer spending 2018

Consumers in the U.S. spend a lot of money. In this activity we look at historical data to see if there are any patterns in our spending.  How does our holiday spending show up in these graphs?  What accounts for…

Veterans Day 2018

As Veterans Day approaches, let your students learn about and appreciate the meaning of the day by analyzing the powerful data that we’ve supplied. Students can use our numbers to create questions for their classmates … questions that can emphasize the tremendous gift…

Debt and deficit

The growing deficits of our government and accumulated debt are constantly in the news. Allow your students to investigate these concepts and their causes with this timely activity. The activity involves reading charts, making comparisons, computing percents and analyzing trends…