Category: Math and Social Studies

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.

Coronavirus trends

Johns Hopkins University of Medicine has a team that maintains current maps and data about the Coronavirus.  They record changes and show trends of the virus activity throughout the World. Enjoy exploring the data, all of the visual mappings, and…

What’s a payday loan? Good idea?

When you need a loan, and you’re desperate for help, is this a good idea? Students learn about this kind of loan and examine how it compares with personal loans and debt on your credit card.  They analyze final payments…

May 27th launch from the U.S. again

NASA and SpaceX plan to launch humans from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to the International Space Station for the first time since July 11, 2011. This is a more current events activity than mathematical.

Memorial Day 2020

This Monday Americans will celebrate Memorial Day.  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…

The AQI – Air Quality Index

See how much particulate matter, low-lying 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 search for some of the contributors to unhealthy locations.

Mother’s Day math – 13 possible activities

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this means big business for the greeting card and floral industries. Let your students practice averages, percents, and large numbers while they analyze the statistics on Mother’s Day spending.  You could even…

Microns and Masks

How big is a coronavirus cell? How big is a micron? How well do these masks protect against the virus? What can you observe about the size of particles mentioned? Why are we wearing masks?

Stock Market headlines – Biggest losses since 2008

Biggest losses since 2008 – The Dow is measured in points but this decline can also be measured in the percentage lost.  Which way was the Dow being measured when this headline was produced?  Which method makes more sense? Wasn’t the initial value of the Dow much lower in 2008?