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Canstruction® is an event hosted in more than 150 countries throughout the world to demonstrate "innovation, hunger relief  and collaboration".  Canstruction has raised more than 40 million pounds of food since 1992.  What a great cause and organization!

In this activity students use reasoning and approximation to analyze the number of cans of food contained in this one giant heart.  Consider starting out the activity by showing students the picture of the heart and doing a see - think - wonder questioning.  What do you see? What do you think? What does it make you wonder? 

Chocolate heart-shaped raspberry cake


Students calculate base area or volume of cakes made from 2 cake pan sizes and observe how the volume of the cake changes with the increased pan size.  This is an activity intended to demonstrate that the volume increase is not linear.  Volume expansion would be cubed if all dimensions of the cake were enlarged but in this case (since we didn't increase cake depth) only two dimensions are enlarged.

The activity: Chocolate-RaspberryHeartCake.pdf

Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

On Monday, when the Super Bowl is over and all of the ads have been seen, use this scientific notation activity to involve math students in the talk of the day.

Newton teacher, Matt Timmins gave us this timely activity which would be great to use on the days after the Super Bowl. Enjoy!

Students practice using scientific notation as they calculate the cost of Super Bowl commercials. After working with these incredible costs, students get to express their opinions about the ads and decide who the marketing was geared towards.

Activities for Super Bowl and Groundhog Day

Typical Super Bowl scores - Students reflect on the mean, median, and mode losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores from past Super Bowls as they try to predict this year's scores. They decide how the next pair of scores will affect those central measurements.  6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 6th, 7.SP.4, S-ID.2

Super Bowl cost of ads still increasing - The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad has continued to rise.  Is the rise linear, exponential, something else?  Students graph and examine an exponential function, decide on the growth factor, and predict the future. 8.F.3, 8.F.5, 8.SP.1, HSS.ID.B.6a, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.IF.C.8b

Super Bowl Numerals - Roman Numerals, how they are used and surprisingly easy numerals arithmetic. 5.NBT, 6.NS, 7.NS

Super Bowl Cheesy pretzel poppers - Students follow a recipe that involves cutting a block of cheese, figuring how many servings, estimating how many times they need to multiply the recipe by to make enough pretzel bites, and multiplying and reducing fractions. 5.NF.3, 5.NF.6, 5.NF.7, 6.NS, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G, 7.NS

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? - The relative frequency of the groundhog's accurate forecasts. 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7

More Football activities

Super Bowl ad costs still increasing

Budweiser's "Puppy Love" commercial from Super Bowl XLIII

Here's one more Super Bowl analysis to motivate your students: More than 5 million dollars for a 30-second ad.  That is how much a one-half minute commercial will cost during the 2017 Super Bowl game.  Wonder how much it will be in the future?

Students plot the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad over the past 49 Super Bowl. How has the cost of a NFL Super Bowl ad changed over time? Has it grown linearly? Exponentially? or what?

Typical Super Bowl scores 2017

The Super Bowl is coming up!  Share a prediction for the score of the big game.  Don't just guess, use math to help you get a better idea of what to expect.  What are typical scores of a Super Bowl?  Do the math!

In this activity students study historical Super Bowl data to reflect on average (mean, median, and mode), losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores. They are asked to judge which of these central measurements seem the most meaningful and explain their reasoning.