Payday loans – What are they?

When you need a loan, and you're desperate for help, is a Payday loan a good idea?  What is a PayDay loan?  How is it different from a bank loan or a credit card loan?

Students learn about this kind of loan and examine how it compares with personal loans and debt on your credit card.  They analyze final payments and what the actual annual interest rate (APR) is.

Monopoly and summer games

In the board game, Monopoly, does a property’s distance from GO correlate to its rent when you land on it?

Using Brian’s spread sheet (list of properties, distance from GO, rent and rent with properties), students create scatter plots.  They graph points, draw lines of best fit, find average (X ,Y) values, judge outliers, and make predictions about new properties.

Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest will return this year

No Joke ... the MLE (Major League Eating) is a World organization that oversees speed eating contests.  Entrants to the various competitions must be members of the MLE in order to compete. One annual event on Coney Island, NY is very well known. Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held each July 4th since 1972.

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What do you wonder about this event?

What questions do you have from looking at the historical data?

How have the records changed?  Why do you think that is so?

How many hot dogs can a human possibly eat in 10 minutes?


The activity: hot-dog-eating.pdf

Memorial Day 2021

This Monday, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day.  Who are we honoring?  How did the holiday come about?  Isn't Memorial Day usually on May 30th?

Students learn a little about the history of the holiday, analyze the possibilities and patterns for when it is celebrated and make observations about the incredible numbers of deaths that have been caused by war. While trying to make observations about the numbers, they can't help but appreciate the terrible cost of war and the gift that those that serve in the military have given to us and to our country.

Tree for Springtime

Here in the Northeast, flowers are blooming and trees are leafing out.

We thought the creation of a tree that grows before your eyes might be akin to what is going on all around us.

What do you see that is happening as this tree grows?

How do you think that we made this picture?

Would you like to try to create a picture like this one?

Can I get your order right?


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You can order a ton of combos at Chipotle.  They advertise that there are 65,000 ways to order their meals.  Do you think that is correct?