Free Resources for Authentic Mathematics

On Thursday evening Leslie and Brian spoke at Boston College as part of the ATMIM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts) Winter Conference.  Our presentation was on making mathematics meaningful to students.  We shared, did and discussed math activities from our site with our participants.  We also mentioned other web resources that provide free math activities that are meaningful to students and wish to mention them here as well.

  1. Dan Meyer: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ Patient Problem Solving and hooking students into learning math through the use of video. On the right-hand column of his blog, Dan has a section called "My Curricula" which contains some wonderful activities. Dan's philosophy is presented in this TED presentation.
  2. Emergent Math: http://emergentmath.wordpress.com/ Inquiry based activities.

The following are some sites where we find tons of useful data that you can use in your own creations.

Do you have a site that you would like to suggest that has free authentic math problems or activities?  Or do you have a site that offers loads of good stats?  If so, please leave your suggestion in the comments of this post!  🙂

When is Tebow Time?

Tim Tebow is the talk of the sporting world.  This Saturday he goes up against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Playoffs.  I keep hearing about "Tebow Time" and I wonder at what point in a game that usually occurs?  Have your students take a look at Tim Tebow's situational stats, by quarter, and overtime to determine when Tebow is at his best.  Ask students to support their claim with graphs or statistics. 

Gumballs galore

Show Brian's video to your class and let your students cogitate, estimate and calculate.

Sheet with only a still shot from the video and room for figuring:

gumball-image.pdf

We have a solution of sorts for members below:

gumball-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 8.G.9, HSG.MG.1, HSG.MG.2 , HSG.GMD.3

The Euro and the international debt crisis

Lately the news is filled with talk of the Euro, US foreign debt, the fragility of European monetary systems, and the interdependence of all of these crisis.

In this activity students become familiar with the Euro, practice translating the Euro's value to dollar amounts, and work with comparisons of debt, gross domestic products, and average debts per person.  Students will gain a better appreciation of what the news is all about. They will become familiar with the value of the Euro, can appreciate the complexity of the present financial crisis, and will be able to contribute to financial observations and discussions at home.

CCSS: 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6. RP.3 , 7.RP.1 , 7.RP.2

 Euro.pdf

For members we have solutions already worked out.

Euro.doc       Euro-solutions.pdf

Largest Cup of Coffee Ever!


The world record for the largest cup of coffee was recently set (see picture above).  In this activity students explore scale, similar figures, volume and measurement as they estimate the amount of coffee that this record-sized mug holds.  Students also consider how many cups of coffee this mug could produce and the value of the coffee held in this mug.

CCSS: 8.G.9 ,HSG.MG.A.1 ,HSG.GMD.A.3

       The Activity: coffee.pdf

For members, we've provided suggestions for some teaching approaches to this task and, of course, our own solution.

coffee.doc                coffee-solutions.pdf

Launch of the next ISS crew

If all goes well, the next crew of the International Space Station (the ISS) will launch on Sunday, Novemeber 13, 2011 from the  Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Keep your student informed and excited about what is happening above our planet by letting them calculate the roominess of the Soyuz transport as compared to our retired Shuttles.  Students analyze the costs and capacities of the two vehicles (Shuttle and Soyuz) and come to some conclusions, as our space agency did, about the kind of vehicle that gives the most benefit for the buck.

 November-13th-launch-new-crew.pdf

Solutions, editable Word doc and observations for members.

November-13th-launch-new-crew.doc     new-crew-launch-solutions.pdf

CCSS: 4.MD, 5.MD.3, 6.RP.3