Category: Math and Social Studies

The cost of going back to school

Back to school spending is huge and students might not appreciate what it costs to send them back to, essentially, their job of learning.  In this activity students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will…

Bears Ears revisited

There is some beautiful land in Utah that was changed last year from federally protected land to Utah overseen land.  The buttes of Bears Ears (shown above) and the surrounding territory contain over 100,000 archaeological sites and are sacred land…

Louisiana

We recently watched the approach of Hurricane Barry and worried about the fate of Louisiana. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, what would another powerful hurricane do to this fragile state? What is it about Louisiana that causes so much…

All-you-can-eat ice cream … 10 cents!

All the ice cream that you can eat for only 10 cents!  Wow, that’s a great deal!  How great a deal was that? The history of the Dairy Queen franchise began with this ad in Illinois in 1938.  I know…

Betsy Ross’s Star

Flag of the United States from 1777 to 1795. In honor of Independence Day we thought it would be fun to look at one story about the first American Flag. The rough design of the flag was drawn by a…

Memorial Day, 2019

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…

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…