Category: Number Sense

Can you show that the Pythagorean Theorem works?

Use this activity to help your students work through the meaning of the Pythagorean theorem. Pythagorean theorem experiences are often skill and drill work with contrived right triangle problems. In this activity students work with a visual representation of the…

Extreme weather 2020

Use the open number line and our lists of temperature extremes to make signed number operations and absolute value sensible. Students compare record high and low temps (integers) and use absolute value in order to always find the positive difference. Subtraction of negatives becomes obvious in this lesson.

How many gumballs are there?

Thinking, estimating, and calculating! How many gumballs are there? How much would it cost to buy them all? How long would it take me to buy them all?

NBA Finals 2020

Exploring NBA championship data. Check out the dominance of a select few teams in NBA history.  Students work the data, data representations and statistics.  For which kind of observations are circle graphs or bar graphs most useful? Finally, who has won the most NBA titles NBA history?

Labor Day 2020

What is this holiday about?  Are we celebrating the start of school?  New cars? The end of summer? In this short activity, students learn about the intended meaning of Labor Day as they read about its origin. For the mathematical…

USPS needs help!

Students learn how the Postal Service is funded and try to decide how the USPS could earn more or spend less in their operation.  They finally get to think about whether the post office should be a government run service or a self-sustaining business.

Ramen noodle heist

In 2018, the trailer of a truck filled with Ramen noodles was stolen from a parking lot in Georgia. The trailer contents were valued at $98,000. What do you wonder about this? Is this even possible?

Could $98,000 worth of Ramen even fit in a tractor trailer?

Do you want to be an NBA virtual fan?

For health concerns, professional sports now have no actual live fans. To help generate the excitement and semblance of fans, some teams use cardboard cutouts of people.  Some use Zoom screens of fans.  The NBA creates virtual fans. Actual viewers…

How big is this hornet really?

Giant hornets have now migrated to North America. In this activity students take the hornet’s measurements in millimeters and try to draw the hornet, life-sized, on centimeter graph paper. They learn a little more about the new beast.

Largest s’more ever!

What is reasonable.?  How many marshmallows are in this recipe?  How many people could this cookie feed? How many marshmallows could you eat?

How fast will my new puppy mature?

There is a new dog aging formula that depends on methyl markers that adhere to the DNA molecules of living things.  Now we know that dogs don’t age as we thought that they did.

String design, ellipses, and orbital mechanics

Artistic way to encourage understanding of a conic section.  Participants physically build an ellipse by choosing two foci and sketching the figure through a loop of string. While stitching an elliptical string design they puzzle about varying the foci spread and the loop length to create more extreme ellipses and are intuitively introduced to the measurement of eccentricity.

Celebrating 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…