Category: Math and Social Studies

Greasing light poles

The Philadelphia police were being proactive about keeping their enthusiastic Eagles fans from being reckless as they celebrated last year’s Super Bowl outcomes.  So, the police departments have frosted the city light poles with Crisco shortening to help discourage fans…

Cost of hosting Olympic games

Clicking on this image will show it larger in a new window. Hosting the Olympics sure does cost a lot. Why is that? How much money is $5 billion dollars? What is a cost overrun? Why would a country want…

The Olympic Torch trip in South Korea

On October 24, 2017, the Olympic flame was captured on Mount Olympus, Greece. (Lighting the Olympic Torch). That flame lit one of this year’s Olympic Torches and the Torch relay was begun on its way to the opening Winter Olympic…

Bears Ears Monument

There is some beautiful land in Utah that was just recently changed from federally protected land to mostly Utah overseen land.  What was the point of that?  Was the land needed to allow for population expansion or what?  Let your…

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…

Operation Gratitude – Halloween candy buy back

This is a great idea! Motivate kids to get rid of all of that candy for a good cause. Operation Gratitude and dentists are encouraging healthy eating, motivated giving, and offering a good use for all of that leftover candy.

Immigration numbers

Here’s an opportunity to work with calculating percents and the percent changes in the U.S. immigrant population. Students can reflect on what those changes demonstrate. Start your class with this very cool movie showing the history of immigration in the…

Saving Water Bottles

In my grocery store they now have these new water bottle refilling stations. You can simply refill your own container with water instead of buying a six-pack of bottled water. Do you think that this is a good idea?  Are they…

Tick time and Lyme disease

Deer tick

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 published maps for all of the…

Proposed southern border wall

You have probably heard about the proposed border wall that may go up along the U.S./Mexico border.  How much wall needs to be built? How much will that cost? What is that per mile? Per foot? What else could you…

Patriots’ Day

In Massachusetts, Monday April 15th, 2019, will be a holiday from school and work.  We celebrate Patriots’ Day on the 3rd Monday in April to commemorate the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Students…

What does 95% confidence in the poll results mean?

There were polls about who would win the Presidential election. Now there are polls about approval ratings for Congress and President Trump.  You can see the latest poll results here. I get so confused when polling results are reported.  What…

Have a heart

Clicking on the image above will show the heart larger in a new window. Canstruction® is an event hosted in more than 150 countries throughout the world to demonstrate “innovation, hunger relief  and collaboration”.  Canstruction has raised more than 40 million…

Civil rights marches, how do you count a crowd?

On October 16, 1995, perhaps a million black men gathered for the Million Man March on Washington.  This was 32 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial to 250,000 civil…

$10,000 a week or $10 million all at once?

Check out the video below: Would you rather have $10,000 a week or $10 million all at once? What kinds of things do we need to think about or factor in when making this decision? If you had to advise…