Tag: 5th

What does my wreath symbolize?

Students learn about the source of the peace sign. They play with semaphore images to design their own logo. They investigate the number of semaphore signals that could be created with two flags. World peace is promoted.

Veterans Day, 2023

Population and Density maps of where Veterans live. What can you observe? What do you wonder? How do they compare?

Yummy Pumpkin Pie

23 people are coming to my house for pumpkin pie and a hike. How many pies should I make?  How much of each ingredient will I need? What quantities should I buy?  Engage your students in estimation, multiplication of fractions and proportional reasoning.

14 ideas for Halloween

We have 14 great activities to use in your class as we near Halloween. Candy sales; Participation in activities; Creating a sheet ghost costume; Bats; Figuring chocolate volume; Dia de los meurtos; and more …

Vampire bats + Mosquito eating bats

Two activities. Vampire bats = We’ve given lots of interesting metric and customary unit facts and asked students to relate those sizes to more familiar objects. + Mosquito eating bats = Students compare a bat’s weight to how much he can consume in one night. They calculate how much they would need to eat to consume a comparable proportion of food.

Indigenous Peoples or Columbus Day

Two activities – Students calculate how large Columbus must have thought the circumference of the Earth was if he reached the East India when he landed in the Bahamas + history of who lived there. In the second activity, students use latitude and longitude to analyze the distances Columbus’s trip involved.

Will this be an El Niño winter?

Students study charts that show variations from normal sea surface temperatures during El Niño years. They get the chance to more fully understand these events and understand the world-wide ramifications of an El Niño year.

Huge Alaskan Vegetables

The growing season in Alaska is short, but, farmers are able to grow 75 pound cabbages, 100 pound kales, and 1,000 pound pumpkins.  How do they do that? Stnds calculate length of growing seasons and hours of sunlight to approximate how much one of these giants grows per hour. Unbelievable!

Autumnal Equinox 2023

Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 06:50 UTC (2:50 am EST), will be the Autumnal Equinox.  It is the time of year when an imaginary plane would pass through both the Earth’s Equator and the center of the Sun. We have 3 activities to use during this event.