Math and Social Studies

Where do those convention delegate numbers come from?

We hear nightly about who won delegates in state elections.  But different states have different numbers of delegates.  How is that figured out?  Is it fair? The activity: Delegates.pdf Here’s a calendar of the nomination process:  ElectionCalendar.pdf

“Go” in the news – man versus machine

March 9th was the first round of the competition between Lee Se-dol, one of the World’s best Go players, and Google’s artificial intelligence program “AlphaGo”.  The first and second matches took place in Seoul, South Korea and so far, AlphaGo…

Data on the National Mall sites

Activity #1 – Look at the individuals who are memorialized on the National Mall and using fractions or percents decide what you can notice about those we honor.  If you would like to show images of the monuments and memorials to…

Pre-Thanksgiving activity ideas

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade – Students study a map of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, describe, measure and hypothesize why this route was chosen. Then they calculate how long each band will be marching and what time they will arrive at…

Does it pay to get educated?

Why should students do well in school, graduate high school, and 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

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 is a Tweet Worth?

These days it seems everyone is on social media. Are you? Famous athletes and entertainers are on social media and they can make a lot of money.  In this activity students study how the number of Twitter followers relates to tweet…

Canstruction

Act One:  Take a look at the pic. What questions come to mind? Just before Thanksgiving there is an annual demonstration at the Winter Palace in the World Financial Center of New York City.   Canstruction is a celebration of…

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…

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…

Wow! Only 10 cents!

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…

The spread of Lyme disease

With the start of summer and wonderful outdoor activities, it might be good to examine the growth of Lyme disease occurrences in the United States.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has a wonderful map that you can…

Jock tax

Great professional athletes make a lot of money. In November slugger Giancarlo Stanton signed a thirteen year contract for over $325 million with the Miami Marlins!  Did you know that professional athletes have to pay an amazing amount of federal, state,…