Math and Social Studies

Cheap-otle?

One of my favorite foods is a burrito.  One of my favorite places to get a burrito is Chipotle.  Their food is delicious and environmentally friendly. For Halloween 2016, Chipotle is again running a promotion and charity drive.   Chipotle is…

Is the Electoral College unfair?

Show your students this really cute segment comparing how the Electoral College functions in our elections to what students think is fair and just. From the New York Times, Electoral College 101. After showing the video consider asking your students what the grouping…

Electoral College vs the Popular vote

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Let your students see how votes really count with our activity on the Electoral College.  Can someone win the popular vote in the Presidential election and still not become President of…

Columbus and navigation

The Niña Columbus Day is a bit of an enigma that used to be celebrated all through the Americas.  Columbus’s mission and arrival are now thought to have not been a noble endeavor in the way that indigenous people were treated.  Now,…

Does it pay to get educated?

Why should students do well in school, graduate high school, or go on to college?  In this activity median earnings by various education levels are explored.  Students compare the earnings of a non-high school grad with workers who graduated high…

Labor Day, 2016

In this short activity, students learn the meaning and history of Labor Day as they look for patterns emerging from the Labor Day dates over the past years. Students then use those observed patterns to predict future dates of the…

How much does it cost to go 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 activitiy students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will…

Who’s going back to school?

In this investigation students calculate the percentage of the U.S. population (current and historically) that are enrolled in K-12 schools. They are asked to draw conclusions from these variations. Finally, they use their calculations to predict the number of enrolled…

4th of July

Fireworks on your calculator – Let your students experiment with their graphing calculators to create a nice fireworks display?  We’ve written a brief activity that questions students about manipulating parabolas, adjusting their calculator windows, and helping them celebrate whatever. Or consider using Desmos or Geogebra to…

Memorial Day, 2016

This Monday Americans will celebrate Memorial Day.  Who are we honoring?  How did the holiday come about?  Is Memorial Day always on May 30th? Students learn a little about the history of the holiday, analyze the possibilities for when it is…

Flag Art

A little ratio art might be a fun way to get ready for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.  In this activity students measure; create whole number ratios for the official U.S. flag; decide how our artistic flags will be different…

Powerball jackpot continues to rise in value

One winner last night in New Jersey!  Now the jackpot is back to ONLY 40 million. The Saturday night Powerball drawing is expected to have a winning Jackpot prize of $415,000,000. Examine compound probability to decide if playing Powerball is worth…

Mother’s Day

Here is a Mother’s Day Infographic from 2012. We have blacked out the estimated amount spent each year for Mother’s Day.   Use the Mother’s Day event to engage your students in approximating, reasoning, and investigating as students estimate how…

How did they figure these tips?

Act I:  This restaurant bill has the suggested tips, but they are smudged out.  What should they be?  Consider having students make a fast 5 to 10 -second prediction in their heads. Act II:  Students work – for few minutes…