Big Air snowboarding

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Starting February 18th a new Olympic sport will be televised ... Big Air Snowboarding.  Some of your students may be officianados of snowboarding. Using this activity could be an opportunity to let those students shine.

We look at the orientation of regular and goofy snowboarders and how their tricks are described in rotation direction and degrees.  We think your students will love this!

The activity: BigAirSnowboarding.pdf

Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year

Which Sweet Heart candies are the best deal? - Students decide which quantity of Sweet Heart candies is the best deal.  Ratio tables, unit ratios, devising convincing arguments. 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2
Sweetheart Candies - unit rate and ratio activity using those little candy hearts.  6.RP, 7.RP, N-Q

Where have all the flowers ... come from?where-are-flowers-from - Analyze a pictograph to see what can be deduced.  Cost of flowers in different countries, source of flowers, how many hours you must work to earn a rose ... 4.OA, 4.NF, 5.NF, 6.RP.3, 7.RP

cardioidValentine Cardioid - Four ways to construct cardiodes for Valentine's Day.

How did I graph this heart? - What equations helped me draw this Valentine's heart? 8.EE, 8.F, HSA, HSG

Holiday Candy Sales - Translate a pie chart of data to actual dollars spent on Valentine's Day candy, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and Hanukah. 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3  7.EE.3

Lunar New Year, 2018

Year of the wood dog

Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16th. This will be the year of the Wood Dog.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of year names that eventually repeat.

Students explore the least common multiple of two cycles without ever hearing the term LCM.  They become a little more aware of Chinese culture and the major significance of this annual event, while they “do the math”.

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent.  Mardi Gras is a last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence. In New Orleans revelers throw and collect purple, green, and gold beads.

Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity.

Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

The Super Bowl is over now and all of the ads have been seen. Let your students revisit and reflect on the interesting commercials with this scientific notation activity.

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.

Winter Olympics, PyeongChang: February 9 – 25

Scoring Ski jumping - The scoring rubric for each of the Olympic events is intended to eliminate the possibility of scoring bias from the judges. Let your students learn more about the scoring of one event and decide whether it seems fair or not. 5.NBT, 5.OA, 6.NS, 6.EE, 7.NS, 7.EE, HSA.CED

Cost of Olympics - Making sense of the huge cost of hosting the Olympic games. Does the hosting country even break even?  7.RP, 8.F.A, HSF.IF.C

Torch trip - The Olympic torch relay will have lasted for 101 days, cover 2,018 kilometers,and be carried by 7,500 runners.  Enjoy a mathematical divergence into world-class sport, South Korea, and the cooperation of Nations as your class appreciates unifying music, participation rates, metric conversions, and per person distances traveled. 6.RP.A, 6.SP.B, 7.SP, HSN.Q.A