Brian loves Twinkies and the news that Hostess is going out of business has upset him terribly.  He needs his Twinkies.  Twinkies last forever.  Right?  He's going to buy enough for 15 years of Twinkies.  In this activity, students examine urban myth and reality about Twinkies.  They calculate area and unit measure when they figure out how many Twinkies per week, how many  millograms of salt per day, and what percent of daily requirements a significant dose of Twinkies supplies.

The Fiscal Cliff – sounds scary

We've used a graphic to help students understand what is meant by the Fiscal Cliff.  Students will understand some of the terms and study the consequences of two upcoming scenarios.  They will be deducing information from the graphic.

Shopping season begins!

Friday, November 23rd marks the beginning of the holiday shopping craze.  Students will be able to add some understanding and analysis to those shopping trips after calculating savings in dollars and percents

Is this possible?

Brian Shoemaker, a Newton, MA mathematics teacher, saw this Dunkin Donuts Mazda traveling down the road.  He wondered if that size coffee cup could really have coffee in it.  Wouldn't the car rock back on its rear bumper? How much would that much coffee even cost.

Starbucks, 2012

Time to give students some authentic math on a topic they will surely be interested in ... Starbucks.  We ask and answer a few questions in this activity.

  • About how many drinks does Starbucks sell in a year?
  • If I want to be health conscious, are there certain drinks that are healthier or less healthy for me?
  • How much does the type of milk or whether or not I get whipped cream in my drink really matter?

Humongous vegetables of Alaska

This summer I visited Alaska and truly enjoyed the majesty of the Alaskan scenerey and the many accomplished people that I met.

At the time that I was there, the newspaper's front page was filled with pictures of huge vegetables that were exibited at the annual State Fair.  Evidently, even though the growing season in Alaska is short, farmers are able to grow 75 pound cabbages, 100 pound kales, and 1,000 pound pumpkins.