Math and Social Studies

Lifespan of a meme, the Harlem Shake

Five friends who skateboard and video tape made up a strange dance one afternoon and filmed it on February 2nd.  Now the whole world knows them and their dance … weird.  This is the story of the life of a…

Happy 14th B’ak’tun!

Clicking on this map of the Mayan territories will open it larger and in a new window Luckily, we’ve passed 12/21/2012 and the world is still here and we’ve made it into the start of the next Mayan calendar cycle…

The Fiscal Cliff – sounds scary

We’ve used a graphic to help students understand what is meant by the Fiscal Cliff.  Students will understand some of the terms and study the consequences of two upcoming scenarios.  They will be deducing information from the graphic.

Olympic schedule

I found this graphic online that should help me figure out when to try to watch an Olympic event on any day.  The chart seems a little confusing.  Can your students help me figure it out?

My Facebook IPO investment

What is an IPO?  Are they always good investments? Students analyze charts and data, learn a little about investing, calculate percent loss (unfortunately), and make some Facebook stock projections. facebook-IPO.pdf

Legos

Act One: The world record for the tallest structure made of Legos was recently set in Seoul, South Korea.  Check out the pictures and video below: How much do you estimate that it costs for only the materials, to build this tower?

Budget 2012

Show our debt clock to your class and ask your students some questions. What do you see happening on this clock? When will the U. S. hit the next trillion dollars deficit milestone? How fast is the deficit increasing every…

The Euro and the international debt crisis

Lately the news is filled with talk of the Euro, US foreign debt, the fragility of European monetary systems, and the interdependence of all of these crisis. In this activity students become familiar with the Euro, practice translating the Euro’s…

Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty

Friday is the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday.  Student’s can practice scaling with ratios, multiplication factors, or similar figures as they engage in the news of the day, learn a little about the statue’s history, see some amazing old photos…

Approaching Seven Billion people

During the Fall 2011 the 7 billionth human on earth was born. The counter above gives updated approximations of the current world population.  When will we hit 8 billion people?  Students look at the number 7 billion, try to grasp…

Occupy Wall Street protest is growing

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has grown since it began on September 17th.  Students can look at charts that show percent mentions of the demonstrations and calculate the percentage of media mentions, percentage of comment  growth, and the percentages…

Bank of America Debit Card Fees

Millions of people and businesses use debit cards every day.  Banks didn’t charge customers for their use. Banks actually gave rewards and incentives to customers for using them. So how did banks make money from debit cards?  Banks charged the…

Budget talks

Show our debt clock to your class and ask your students some questions. What do you see happening on this clock? When will the U. S. hit the next trillion dollars deficit milestone? How fast is the deficit increasing every…

Unions and Collective bargaining

Protestors at the Wisconsin State House There is a confrontation going on in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker is trying to enact legislation that would limit bargaining rights for most public employees in that state … firefighters, teachers, police, child-care workers,…

Federal deficit and debt in the news

National Debt Clock, Avenue of the Americas, New York City Congress has begun debating what should be included and what should be removed from the 2012 budget that President Obama submitted last week. The words debt and deficit are constantly…