Mother’s Day is coming up

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 Day spending.  You could even ask students to do their calculations in scientific notation to add an extra dimension to this activity. Enjoy!

mothers-day-numbers2017.pdf

For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.

mothers-day-numbers2017.docx    mothers-day-numbers2017-solution.pdf

CCSS: 6.RP, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.SP


How much do we spend on Mother's Day - Use the Mother's Day event to engage your students in approximating, reasoning, and investigating as students estimate how much is spent in the United States for Mother's Day.

  • For what is money spent?
  • For whom is money spent?
  • What is a low guess?
  • What is a high guess?
  • What facts would you like to know?

 Spend-forMother’sDay-2017.pdf

Longest NHL overtime games in history

Stanley Cup

Game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup between the Bruins and Blackhawks went into 3 overtimes. People stayed up way too late to watch the conclusion. The teams played 112 minutes and eight seconds of game time. The game went from about 7:15 central time to midnight central time. Did you know that Stanley Cup Playoff matches can last a really long time?

Opening Weekend – Avengers: Infinity War

Can you tell from its opening weekend how much the new movie, Avengers: Infinity War, 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 in our chart for students to add their favorites or for future movies. The data for this activity can be found at: boxofficemojo.com.  Just click on any movie and look for this info: Total&Lifetime
Students compare "Opening Weekend" amounts to "Total Lifetime Gross (Domestic)" data to try to  predict how much money the new Avengers movie (which earned almost $258,000,000 in its opening weekend in the U.S.) will make at theaters. This task is accessible for any student who can plot points on a grid, so it could be used for students as young as 4th graders.  Older students can create a line of best fit and equation to model the data and make predictions.  By plotting and analyzing the data students decide if they can, in fact, predict the future.

Boeing 787 draws an airplane over the United States

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Recently, pilots of a Boeing 787 testing a new set of Rolls Royce engines, fulfilled their FAA required long-distance endurance requirement in an unusual way. The Boeing pilots decided to have a little fun and fly a flight path that traced a giant 787 Dreamliner airplane in the sky. The strange route showed up on flight tracking sites like Flight Aware.

How far do you think the plane traveled?  How long was it in the air?  What would you need to do, create or think about to figure this out?

NFL Draft picks

NFL-DraftEvery spring, roughly 250 college football players are drafted by NFL teams through the NFL draft.  Team rosters, careers, and multi-million dollar contracts are on the line ...  This is one of the biggest days of a football players life.  Should a football player be overly concerned with where in the draft order they will be picked?  How much does where they are drafted effect their earnings?  How does draft pick selection relate to player contracts?  Check out the graph below:

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Where should I drop my puck?

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Act 1 - Give students time to view the game board above or give them our one-page activity. The above picture is larger when you click on it. Ask students for their gut reaction about which slot would give them the best chance for earning points.