Category: Math and Social Studies

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.

Before the holidays activities (19 ideas)

 Giant Macaroon Nutcracker – In 2013, Chef Andrew Yeo, built a giant macaroon nutcracker in a Boston hotel using given amounts of ingredients. Students try to figure out how much of each ingredient I will need to make a similar but much…

Hanukkah is almost here!

Egad, Hanukkah begins this year on Sunday evening, November 28th. I think it was in December last year. Why isn’t it always on the same date? Students look at the Hebrew calendar and appreciate the incredible mathematics involved in creating a…

Shopping season already!

We used to see holiday sales right after Thanksgiving but, surprisingly, holiday shopping has already begun. Sales are advertised everywhere.  Students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to those shopping trips after calculating savings in dollars and…

Veterans Day 2021

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?