Engage your students in percents as they get excited about March Madness. Is getting a higher seed really an advantage? Use 30 years of data to help determine for which seeds it makes sense to pick an upset.
Two 12s or one 18?
Which should we order and why? Two 12-inch pizzas or one 18-inch pizza? Which will give you more pizza? More crust? Which is the better deal?
Mardi Gras and Presidents’ Day
How much are US presidents paid? Step graph. Fair?
Mardi Gras, meaning, parades, beads, value, cost, reuse, environment.
Buy, buy, buy and ship (8 ideas)
Here comes Black Friday, Small business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. It’s a crazy time of year. Use all of that shopping to educate your students about good deals and how shoppers can be fooled. Is this really 70%…
Giant Pumpkins 2022
Sts use proportions to calculate the quantities of pumpkin puree and the number of pumpkin pies that could be made from one of these giant pumpkins.
Taking two discounts off (2 activities)
Students check out if getting 50% off and then a 20% discount will give them 70% off. Why does that happen?
Who has the greatest Men’s March Madness program?
The Kansas Jayhawks just won the finals of this year’s March Madness tournament. Which NCAA teams have had the best basketball programs over the years. Students decide which stats count towards the “Greatest March Madness Program”.
I should have invested!
Students use yearly percent increase data to decide which stock: Apple, Disney or Amazon, they should have invested in way back in 2015.
What was the net gain of these stocks?
How do you figure that?
Does the arithmetic or geometric average of those increases equal their total gain or loss over the years?
Which sale would you rather use?
In this short activity, students decide if these two sales are the same. If not, which is better? How would you explain this to someone?
Data remaining … tricky
I checked my data usage for the month. What do you notice and wonder? What could my data plan be? How much have I used? How much will I have used by the end of the month? Is this…
Which gasoline is the cheapest?
A comparison of gasoline in Greece, priced at Euros per liter, and gas in Massachusetts at dollars per gallon. Price and liquid volume conversion using unit fractions.
How Much Halloween Candy Will You Collect?
Students consider how to determine the best candy haul prediction. The math ideas of measurement error and percent error are introduced. Students then predict their own Halloween candy collections numbers and compare their predictions to their actual haul using measurement and percent error.
NHL Playoff games can sure last a long time!
Revised! We’re watching another Stanley Cup playoff now. Will there be any really long games during the playoffs? In 2013, a Stanley Cup playoff match between the Bruins and Blackhawks went into 3 overtimes. People stayed up way too late…
President’s Pay for Presidents’ Day
The President’s have only received a pay increase 5 times in the United States. Picture it with a step graph. Calculate the actual salary using the CPI (Consumer Price Index). Do the Presidents need a raise?
Huge diamond found in Canada
552-carat diamond found in Diavik Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada Can you tell just how big this gem is? Do you know how big a carat is? What would this look like on a ring on your finger?