Hey, the playoffs are about to begin. The best teams from the leagues compete to determine the champion. Must be some really great teams! But wait, the 2014-15 Carolina Panthers made the NFL playoffs by winning the NFC South with a…

Happy Holidays! This Soda Santa is made up entirely of 12-pack cans of Coca-Cola products. What questions do you have? Start out the activity by giving kids 30 seconds to look at the picture and have them take a quick…

I make the best, best, really best pie. Every year more and more people come to our house on Thanksgiving morning for my famous pumpkin pie and a hike in the nearby woods. This year 23 people have already accepted.…

It’s Halloween and this is your neighborhood. How long will it take you to trick or treat at every house in your neighborhood? Possible conversation with students: How long will it take you to get from house to house? You…

Act One: Drill bits are measured by the diameter of the bit in inches. The drill bits below are ordered left to right in increasing size. The numerators in the fractions have been blacked out. What could the numerators be? Explain your…

Check out the new Flatizza from Subway. If the slice of pizza is from an 18-inch pizza cut into eight pieces, which deal is better when comparing area of pizza and cost? How does the area of a square pizza…

present world cup scores How many games are played in each round of the World Cup? In the opening round each of the four teams in a group must play each other (round robin format). From then on each round…

Alas. California Chrome did not win the Triple Crown. Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes. This Saturday is the final race of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing … the Belmont Stakes. No horse has won the Triple Crown since…

Passover begins this year on Friday evening, April 22nd, 2016, with a Passover seder dinner. Passover is one of the three high holidays in the Jewish calendar and celebrates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Let your students…

In this activity students decide how to divide 2 pizzas amongst 6 adults and 3 pizzas amongst 8 kids. Fractional pizza parts need to be drawn and considerations discussed about which fractions are greater. Students interpret a fraction as division…

In this fraction operation and representation activity, students are asked to decide how much of my cake was eaten. Using fraction multiplication (or angle measure if that is where you need an activity) they find out how much someone owes…

After the games Thomas Ulsrud, Norwegian curler; Eun-Ryung Sung, South Korean single luge Dachhiri-Sherpa, Nepalese cross-country; Jason Brown, U.S.figure skating The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded. Which country had the most successful olympics? Three students can’t agree. Have your students…

Check out the TVs. All have essentially the same features, only the size of the screen varies. Which TV do you think is the best deal?Explore area and unit pricing to determine which HDTV offers the most screen area for…

It’s 4th down. Should you go for it? Punt? Kick a field goal? Instead of using your gut, use research, data and math to make the right call … The graph below gives the recommended option for 4th down situations for…

Which movie do you think is the highest grossing holiday movie of all time (click on the movie to see its trailer)? How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, The Santa Clause or The Polar Express Students analyze holiday movie data. They…