Number Sense

What’s with the plovers?

Cute little birds.  Piping plovers are presently nesting on beaches along the Atlantic coast. Consequently beaches are often roped-off or closed to protect their nests and chicks.  Is this conservation working?  What should the numbers be like after so many…

How Old Are You?

We usually give our ages in years, but that isn’t very precise is it?  In this activity students find their age in days, hours and minutes.  First students take two minutes to estimate their age in days, hours and minutes.…

Odds of winning the Triple Crown

American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown !!! How do you calculate compound probability?  Skip the betting odds and deal only with the odds that one horse could win 3 amazing races.  June 6th is the Belmont Stakes race … the…

Big Burger

In honor of International Hamburger Day (May 28, 2015), it’s time to treat your students to ratios, proportions, fractions and BIG BURGERS! In this activity students explore the ratio of the various ingredients in the world’s largest burger (pictured above &…

Tornadoes

Tornadoes have devastated the Great Plains of the U.S. in the last few days.  Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Kansas have been brutally hit with these powerful events. Involve your students in a better understanding of the ranking and severity of…

Triple Crown possibilities, 2015

Updated for 2017! American Pharaoh was the first horse to win not only the Triple Crown but also the Breeder’s Cup race = Grand Slam!  Never done before. Involve your students in this soon-to-be event while reviewing fractions, calculating miles…

How Many Donuts is That?

Act One:  Take a look at the picture.  What is the first question that comes to mind? How many donuts is that?  What information would be useful? Act Two: See pictures below. Your students can view all five pictures on…

Growth of Facebook update

Facebook is so accepted in our world today that it is even part of nightly news broadcasts as people are noted for receiving huge numbers of likes in appreciation or interest. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, is…

Earthquake magnitudes, Nepal

Nepal has just experienced several tremendous earthquakes and aftershocks causing massive damage and loss of life. The IRIS (Incorporated Research Institute of Seismology) Seismic Monitor will allow your class to visualize the most recent quakes and their magnitudes in this region. Our updated…

McDonalds moves towards antibiotic-free chicken

Recently McDonald’s announced that by 2016 they will use only chicken raised without the antibiotics that are used in human medicine.  McDonald’s plans to join Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Chiptotle, and Whole Foods in the move towards removing antibiotics in the…

Figuring planting dates

It’s time to get ready to plant my garden again.  But here in Boston we have to start our seeds indoors to give them a head start before we can put plants outside. How should I figure out when to plant my…

Peeps

How many Peeps are sold at Easter time each year? Treat your students to some authentic and delicious Easter math.  Students estimate the number of Peeps sold each Easter season.  They consider reasonability by making guesses they think might be…

Passover macaroons

Passover begins this year on Monday evening, April 10th, 2017, with a Passover seder dinner. Passover is one of the three high holidays in the Jewish religion and celebrates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Let your students…