Math and Social Studies

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…

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…

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…

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…

The spread of 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 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,…

Cost of a gallon of gas

In 1950, one gallon of gasoline costs $0.27.  Today the prices are going down but are they as low as they were in 1950?  Or could $0.27 buy more in 1950? In this activity we begin to understand the relative…

Nobel Prizes

This is the medal that is given to the Nobel prize winners.  Check it out. (Teachers, you could get into Roman numerals right here.)       LittleRomanNumeralLesson.pdf What do you know about the Nobel Prize?  Who do you know who has…

Ebola updated

Ebola has continued to gain strength and devastate regions of West Africa.  WHO (World Health Organization) updates their data frequently and the progress and lack of control of the epidemic is very concerning. We’ve gathered the present numbers again for…

The spread of Ebola in West Africa

Ebola is a deadly virus that has reappeared in Western Africa in an outbreak that began in February of this year.  We’ve supplied you with weekly statistics on the progression of this disease and given you and your students a…