Tag: 5.NBT

Chuck E. Cheese needs to shred

It will cost 2.3 million dollars to shred 7 billion, previously printed, tickets in an attempt to reach a bankruptcy settlement at Chucky Cheese. Is that a reasonable amount?

USPS needs help!

Students learn how the Postal Service is funded and try to decide how the USPS could earn more or spend less in their operation.  They finally get to think about whether the post office should be a government run service or a self-sustaining business.

Ramen noodle heist

In 2018, the trailer of a truck filled with Ramen noodles was stolen from a parking lot in Georgia. The trailer contents were valued at $98,000. What do you wonder about this? Is this even possible?

Could $98,000 worth of Ramen even fit in a tractor trailer?

Microns and Masks

How big is a coronavirus cell? How big is a micron? How well do these masks protect against the virus? What can you observe about the size of particles mentioned? Why are we wearing masks?

Iditarod – The Last Great Race

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race will begin this year on Saturday, March 7th in Anchorage, Alaska. It is often called The Last Great Race on Earth because it is so long and grueling. Students do some rate, distance, and hardship comparisons to decide…

Gonna be a Leap Year

By George C. Baxley

This year we will add the 29th of February to our year?  Why do we do that?  How can you tell?  What if we didn’t add a day every 4 years? Calendar math and flow charts.

Super Bowl Numerals

Students learn the rules for evaluating Roman numerals, decipher copyright dates, see how Roman numerals are used today, and do some strange looking arithmetic and surprisingly easy computation. 

Hanukkah dates keep changing!

3 Hanukkah activities; the amazing Hebrew calendar, soda menorah, and potato latkes. In the calendar activity, students look at the Hebrew calendar and appreciate the incredible mathematics involved in creating a calendar that aligns both the moon’s revolution about the Earth and the Earth’s revolution about the Sun.

Shipping crunch

Do huge numbers of packages shipped and huge numbers of packages delivered late mean that these two companies aren’t doing a good job? Talk numbers.

How can Nike give away so much great stuff?

Worldwide Nike supports many teams and athletes.  They design, manufacture, and supply gear for almost every sport imaginable. How much are those give-aways worth?  Is the company going to go broke? Probably not.  Nike is huge. In this activity we…

World Cup rankings

In December soccer teams with the strongest world rankings were chosen to play in the once-every-4-years World Cup. The World Cup competition has just begun and will continue through July 15th. The team rankings are calculated in a pretty complex…

Impress your parents at dinner

This activity is the first in our series on mental math tricks.  Let your students develop their own individual way of mentally multiplying by 0.5, 5, 50, 500, and so on.  We have a little practice and a requirement for…

What me? Irrational?

We’ve found that some students believe that the approximation that their calculators show for irrational numbers is exact.  Here’s an activity that you can advertise as long multiplication review. After they study our calculations have a discussion just to clarify…

Hexadecimal coloring

Probably most of us have heard of and even used hexadecimal color codes. Don’t you wonder why their number descriptions really make sense? In this activity we first ask students to color in our Golden Spiral by giving them the…

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…