Tag: 7th

Gumballs galore

Gumball Machine Problem from Brian Marks on Vimeo. Show Brian’s video to your class and let your students cogitate, estimate and calculate. Sheet with only a still shot from the video and room for figuring: gumball-image.pdf We have a solution…

The Euro and the international debt crisis

Lately the news is filled with talk of the Euro, US foreign debt, the fragility of European monetary systems, and the interdependence of all of these crisis. In this activity students become familiar with the Euro, practice translating the Euro’s…

Largest Cup of Coffee Ever!

The world record for the largest cup of coffee was recently set (see picture above).  In this activity students explore scale, similar figures, volume and measurement as they estimate the amount of coffee that this record-sized mug holds.  Students also…

Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty

Friday is the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday.  Student’s can practice scaling with ratios, multiplication factors, or similar figures as they engage in the news of the day, learn a little about the statue’s history, see some amazing old photos…

Approaching Seven Billion people

To see the present world population, go here.  http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ During the Fall 2011 the 7 billionth human on earth was born. The counter mentioned above gives updated approximations of the current world population.  When will we hit 8 billion people? …

Occupy Wall Street protest is growing

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has grown since it began on September 17th.  Students can look at charts that show percent mentions of the demonstrations and calculate the percentage of media mentions, percentage of comment  growth, and the percentages…

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

“Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”… Apple CEO Tim Cook in a memo to Apple employees. Students can honor Steve Jobs and be involved in an…

Bank of America Debit Card Fees

Millions of people and businesses use debit cards every day.  Banks didn’t charge customers for their use. Banks actually gave rewards and incentives to customers for using them. So how did banks make money from debit cards?  Banks charged the…

Why Does it Stay in Orbit?

On Monday, the space shuttle Endeavor launched for the last time. The six astronauts on board docked this morning at the International Space Station to join the 6 astronauts and cosmonauts who live at the ISS. Combine current events, Earth…

Video game console sales

Video games continue to be a hot seller and a must-have for millions of gamers around the world. The recent releases of the Xbox 360 Kinect and the Nintendo 3DS have been big sellers and will probably be the big…

Radiation amounts

This investigation will help you and your students to better understand the magnitude of normal, background radiation and the more serious radiation exposure that comes from nuclear accidents.  Students will gain a realistic perspective on the seriousness of any event.…

Rapunzel

Disney’s animated movie, Tangled, came out in 2010. We’ve shown students some of the Brothers Grimm’s original fairy tale along with giving them a glimpse at the physics involved in the animation of Rapunzel’s hair. Ratios are needed to estimate…

How many Representatives will your state get in 2011?

The 2010 U. S. Census is almost complete. One of the most important reasons for the decennial census is to determine the number of Representatives that each state should be assigned for proper representation in our House of Representatives. In…

Oil Spill!

As of May 28th,2010  it is believed that the early estimate of 210,000 gallons of oil (around 5000 barrels) per day of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico was much too low. The flow rate was revised on May…

Geometry of Flooding

In 2010, March was so rainy that flooding was the topic of every newscast and many, many conversations.  The picture shows how students went home from school in Wayland Mass. on March 31st – on a Duckboat. This two page investigation asks…