Measuring sea level

What does this gizmo do?

We've given students a diagram of what the interior of this mechanism contains and asked them to try to decide what its purpose must be.

Then we've given them the data that was collected from this place and others globally and asked what they can conclude.

A little mechanical and mathematical investigation + global awareness.

The activity: GlobalSeaLevels.pdf

CCSS: 6.RP.3, 7.RP.1, 8.EE.B.5, 8.F.B.4, HSS.ID.C.7, HSF.IF.B.6, MP8

Who had the greatest NBA season ever?

Just updated!

Russel Westbrook had one of the most dominating seasons ever, averaging nearly 32 points, 8 assists and 11 rebounds a game!  He set a record with 42 triple doubles in the 2016-17 season.  Was this the greatest NBA season ever?  Or what about Stephen Curry and his amazing 2015-16 season? Steph was the 2016 NBA MVP winner and his nomination was unanimous.

How do his season stack up against some of the all-time greats?  Who had the greatest NBA season of all time?  Which player contributed the greatest amount of offensive production to their team?  Start out this activity by showing the students the following data (the table shows arguably the best season statistically for each player).

Ask students to consider who had the greatest NBA season ever.  What stats should determine the value of a player?  Have kids brainstorm considering points, assists, rebounds, shooting percentage, steals, blocks and so on.  

Giant iceberg

Ferryland, Newfoundland. JODY MARTIN / REUTERS

Over the past Easter weekend this giant iceberg drifted passed Ferryland, Newfoundland.  Its hard to tell how large it actually is but it looks huge.  Use some of the data that was supplied and your estimation skills to gauge the volume of this iceberg.

But wait! 90% of the berg is underwater and doesn't show in this picture.  How huge is this iceberg really?

The activity: IcebergAlley.pdf

NFL draft picks 2017

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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Earth Day, 2017

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day

There is so much to bring to your classroom to support recycling, conserving resources, studying climate change and protecting our planet.

McDonald's moves toward Antibiotic-free chicken - What will the effects be on costs at the restaurant, costs in the supermarket and the cost and changes required of farm production?  Does this seem like a good move?  Why? 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.7, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, HSG.MG.A.2, HSG.MG.A.3 MP6

Chicken to share

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How many pieces does each person get when $10 is supposed to feed two people?

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