Category: Number Sense

How much does the biggest Lego set ever cost?

Note: This is a remake of our 2014 “How Much Does a Lego Cost” activity How much could the Lego Millennium Falcon cost? Student first make a guess and then think about what information would be useful in order to…

Labor Day, 2017

In this short activity, students learn the meaning and history of Labor Day as they look for patterns emerging from the Labor Day dates over the past years. Students then use those observed patterns to predict future dates of the…

Does it pay to get educated?

Updated! Why should students do well in school, graduate high school, or go on to college?  In this activity median earnings by various education levels are explored.  Students compare the earnings of a non-high school grad with workers who graduated…

Who’s going back to school?

Updated! In this investigation students calculate the percentage of the U.S. population (current and historically) that are enrolled in K-12 schools. They are asked to draw conclusions from these variations. Finally, they use their calculations to predict the number of…

Drill bit fractions

Act One:  Drill bits are measured by the diameter of the bit in inches. The drill bits below are ordered left to right in increasing size. The numerators in the fractions have been blacked out.  What could the numerators be?  Explain your…

How many times bigger?

Listen to students initial thoughts as they wrestle through what “bigger” means … length? height? wheel-base? volume?

Willy Makit and Betty Wont

I have to go to the bathroom pretty badly. I have to admit that I have been holding it in for a while.  Finally!  I see a bathroom sign!  Wait … it is in kilometers?  How far is that?  Should…

Fibonacci coloring

Lots of people enjoy coloring books. Evidently people who like to multitask can find a means of calming their energies and reach a peaceful place by simply coloring designs.  Coloring in these drawings allows you to relax and just create pretty…

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…

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…