Category: Math and Social Studies

Little Amal

With refugees trying to survive hardships by traveling away from their homes, the story of Little Amal is powerful and touching. There is lots of math in creating an 11 foot tall puppet that can be controlled by 3 people and show fear, surprise, wonder, and generally the humanity of refugees.  Bring the story of Amal to your classroom with this timely art.

Labor Day 2022

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…

Will sending you back to school this year cost a fortune?

In this activity students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will all cost, confer with classmates to refine their lists, and then research to find out more accurately how much it will probably cost to send them back to school. This activity could be used for students in upper elementary school all the way to high school. It offers an opportunity for kids to estimate, research, reason, calculate and communicate with each other.

Should I buy a gasoline, hybrid, or electric car

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

4th of July

Hot dog eating; Flag art; Fireworks on your calculator; Creating a 5-pointed star with one cut; and a possible new, 52-star flag.

Memorial Day 2022

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.

Mother’s Day 2022 (14 ideas)

We have 14 possible activities for you to bring Mother’s Day into your classroom. Diapers, chocolate, Mother’s Day spending, surprise breakfast, and more …

Earth Day 2022

We have 16 interesting activities to bring home; air quality, erosion, water levels, climate change, solar power, recycling, and changes to our Earth. Use the moment.

April 15th happenings

We have 6 April 15th activities. The Boston Marathon, Where your tax money goes, Jackie Robinson, and Paul Revere’s ride.

Refugees from Ukraine

Civilian Ukrainians are fleeing the war zone in order to remain safe and find food and housing.  How do these numbers compare with other tragic evacuations. While interpreting graphics and working with these huge numbers, bring your student’s opinions and concerns into your math class.

Winter Olympic Activities (7 activities)

Curling – Friction, score-keeping, trajectory and weirdness are the main concepts in this activity.  Curling is not a well-understood sport but the science and strategy are easily understood and enjoyed. Big Air Snowboarding – Some of your students may be officianados…

10 Super Bowl activities

Typical Super Bowl scores – Just updated for 2022  Students reflect on the mean, median, and mode losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores from past Super Bowls as they try to predict this year’s scores. They decide how the…

Lunar New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

A combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches, the year’s symbol creates a sequence of year names that eventually repeat. Students explore the least common multiple of these two cycles without ever hearing the term LCM.