Is the system of having an Electoral College unfair? – Students consider how districting can effect the Electoral college vote. 6.RP, 7.RP How much will you make when you are President? – The President’s salary does not change from year to year.…

The winner of the Presidential Popular vote (November 8, 2016) is not always the same as the winner of the Electoral College vote (January 6, 2017). In this activity students ponder how that could happen … with data. electoral-college-compare2016.pdf

How many houses can you get to – It’s Halloween. Time to trick or treat. How long will it take you to get to all of these houses? This is a very open-ended task, counting, trick or treating strategies, distance and more.…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…