Home team advantage?


Even before your students check out the graphic below, ask them whether they think a game played at home gives their team an advantage.  If so, how much of an advantage?  Enjoy the discussion first.  Then show the graphic.

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When you look at the visual what do you see?  What does it make you think?  What do you wonder?

The James Webb telescope

After launch, the telescope deployed on its 30-day, million-mile journey out to the second Lagrange point (L2). This video shows the deployment procedure, timeline, and location of the satellite during deployment.
  • Is this telescope just a more modern telescope than Hubble?
  • Why does it take 30 days to reach its orbit?
  • What's a Lagrange point?
  • Why did it launch from French Guiana in the Amazon rain forrest?
  • What is the sling shot effect?

Enquiring minds want to know while they do the math!

Activities for the Holiday break

New Year's Eve's Times Square Ball - It's a gorgeous ball, covered with Waterford Crystal triangles, shaped as a geodesic icosahedron.  Every New Year's Eve it descends in Times Square to mark the beginning of the new year.  Students take a closer look at this construction and use our drawings to experiment with slicing an icosahedron in order to discover how this shape is formed.

Games are great during the break.

Where should I drop my puck - (3-act activity) Students study our penguin peg board and decide which slot has the greatest potential to score big points? They also find the number of paths from each top slot.

Games with dice - Students calculate the probability of different sums when rolling dice. They look at how the theoretical outcomes compare with the experimental tallies of their dice throws and consider how the sample size affects the closeness of these two probabilities.

Before the holidays activities (19 ideas)

 ChefAndrewYeo&nutcrackerGiant Macaroon Nutcracker - In 2013, Chef Andrew Yeo, built a giant macaroon nutcracker in a Boston hotel using given amounts of ingredients. Students try to figure out how much of each ingredient I will need to make a similar but much smaller macaroon nutcracker. 3.MD, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 7.G.6, HSG.MG.A.1

The growth of a snowflake - In this activity, students interpret a graphic that clarifies that growth and try to deduce what conditions various flakes moved through as they fell. 6.G.A, 7.G, 8.G, HSF, HSG.CO, MP1