Category: Number Sense

Peeps

This activity is a investigation intended to get students and teachers to loosen up a little and appreciate how just considering a situation might lead you to a very reasonable approximation.
Too often students think that there is only one answer that is right and that the method for approaching that solution is also limited to the “correct” approach. Surely this fear of experimenting and guessing leads to math anxieties and the fear to reason and experiment.

Weird and spooky puzzles for April Fool’s Day

This day is known for pranks and puzzles.   Try one of these 4 activities on April Fools Day. Ask students to analyze where I made my mistake        PerplexingProblem.pdf For members we have solutions. PerplexingProblem-solution.pdf      …

Pascal coloring and modular math

Clock math, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7… is modular math. Let your students learn about the usefulness of modular math as they color and explore Pascal’s Triangle. Very pretty math!

Data remaining … tricky

I checked my data usage for the month.  What do you notice and wonder?   What could my data plan be? How much have I used? How much will I have used by the end of the month? Is this…

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day (3 activities)

Finding 4-leaf clovers! Shamrocks in Ireland are actually be 3-leafed white clover, trifolium repens. If you are lucky, you can sometimes find a four-leafed clover.  How rare is finding a 4-leafed clover?  How hard do you have to look?  What…

The R-naught number of the coronavirus

We’re still learning about the coronavirus and its ability to and tendencies toward infection and spread. Students learn about the R-naught number which is a measure of infectious growth. Real-world mathematics!

It’s time to gear up for Pi Day

Seattle, Washington Pi sculpture

8 activities to help celebrate π in your school and in your math class. Activities that demonstrate how π was derived; visually show why π makes sense; show a surprising place where π is used; increase students ability to measure and long divide; applauds the talent of people who can memorize large strings of numbers; and lets students just have fun.

Which gasoline is the cheapest?

A comparison of gasoline in Greece, priced at Euros per liter, and gas in Massachusetts at dollars per gallon. Price and liquid volume conversion using unit fractions.

Iditarod – The Last Great Race

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race will begin this year on Saturday, March 7th in Anchorage, Alaska. It is often called The Last Great Race on Earth because it is so long and grueling. Students do some rate, distance, and hardship comparisons to decide…

Gonna be a Leap Year

By George C. Baxley

This year we will add the 29th of February to our year?  Why do we do that?  How can you tell?  What if we didn’t add a day every 4 years? Calendar math and flow charts.

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday

Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity.