Number Sense

How many cars are there?

I came home from work to find that my son had his cars organized in a tight parking lot on our front porch. How many cars are there? Is it an array and if so, what size array could it be…

Ideas for Father’s Day

Thank you Mother and Father for all of those diapers – Which is a better deal, cloth or disposable diapers?  How much did you cost your parents in diapers?  In the future how much could your kid’s diapers cost?   Help…

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…

Opening weekend of Wonder Woman

Can you tell from its opening weekend how much the new movie, Wonder Woman, might earn in theaters?  This activity can be used anytime and is especially timely when there is a new blockbuster movie released.  We’ve left blank spaces…

NBA Finals, 2017

Celebrate the NBA and NBA Finals by involving your students in interpreting what can be deduced from graphical representations.  In this activity students consider scatter plots, circle graphs, bar graphs, Venn Diagrams and the concept of mean. To start the…

How much pee is in that pool?

After chlorination, it has been hard to measure the quantity of pollutants in pool water.  A Canadian chemist, Xing-Fang Li, has found a marker for urine that chlorine doesn’t disguise. In this activity, students calculate volume of several pools, change that…

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…

Memorial Day 2017

This Monday Americans will celebrate Memorial Day.  Who are we honoring?  How did the holiday come about?  Isn’t Memorial Day usually on May 30th? Students learn a little about the history of the holiday, analyze the possibilities for when it is…

Fidget spinners – fad or lasting trend?

Do you recognize what these are? Are you noticing students with these gadgets? Is this a forever toy or just the newest thing? Can you tell by looking at trend charts of Google searches how this phenomena will proceed?  Let’s…

Triple Crown hopeful at the Preakness Stakes

This Saturday is the running of the Preakness Stakes Thoroughbred horse race in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Preakness is the second major race for 3-year old thoroughbreds to run in their effort to claim the Triple Crown of horse racing.  Always…

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…

Mother’s Day activities

Mother’s Day by the numbers – Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this means big business for the greeting card and floral industries. Let your students practice averages, percents, and large numbers while they analyze the statistics on Mother’s…

A gorgeous, glittery Mother’s Day card

Uh oh!  How do you find the area of a heart? Get your students to help you calculate how many sequins you’ll need to order for this mother’s day class project. The activity:   BejeweledMother’sDayCard.pdf Mother’sDay-card-blank – If you want…

Measuring sea level

What does this gizmo do? We’ve given students a diagram of what the interior of this mechanism contains and asked them to try to decide what its purpose must be. Then we’ve given them the data that was collected from…

Who had the greatest NBA season ever?

Just updated! Russel Westbrook had one of the most dominating seasons ever, averaging nearly 32 points, 8 assists and 11 rebounds a game!  He set a record with 42 triple doubles in the 2016-17 season.  Was this the greatest NBA…