Tag: 8th

Peeps

This activity is a investigation intended to get students and teachers to loosen up a little and appreciate how just considering a situation might lead you to a very reasonable approximation.
Too often students think that there is only one answer that is right and that the method for approaching that solution is also limited to the “correct” approach. Surely this fear of experimenting and guessing leads to math anxieties and the fear to reason and experiment.

Hoarding stopped!

A Danish market found an interesting way to limit hoarding of hand sanitizer. How much are these costs in your currency? What is the unit price on these bottles? By how much (what percent) was the price increased? Is this…

Weird and spooky puzzles for April Fool’s Day

This day is known for pranks and puzzles.   Try one of these 4 activities on April Fools Day. Ask students to analyze where I made my mistake        PerplexingProblem.pdf For members we have solutions. PerplexingProblem-solution.pdf      …

Pascal coloring and modular math

Clock math, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4,5,6,7… is modular math. Let your students learn about the usefulness of modular math as they color and explore Pascal’s Triangle. Very pretty math!

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day (3 activities)

Finding 4-leaf clovers! Shamrocks in Ireland are actually be 3-leafed white clover, trifolium repens. If you are lucky, you can sometimes find a four-leafed clover.  How rare is finding a 4-leafed clover?  How hard do you have to look?  What…

The R-naught number of the coronavirus

We’re still learning about the coronavirus and its ability to and tendencies toward infection and spread. Students learn about the R-naught number which is a measure of infectious growth. Real-world mathematics!

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.

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.

Movies and the upcoming Oscars

Compounded percent change; central tendencies; the weight of Rapunzel’s 70 feet of hair; Godzilla’s height by comparison; how to measure the profitability of a movie series; most appropriate graphical representations; line of best fit; and more …

Do the best movies make the most money?

Do the “Best” movies make the most money?  How could you measure the “best” movie? What information would you need to make this judgement? At most ten movies are nominated each year to receive an Oscar for the Best Picture. On Sunday, February…

Super Bowl and Ground Hog day (9 activities)

+ Even more NFL math! Super Bowl ads and scientific notation  Updated! – On Monday, when the Super Bowl is over and all of the ads have been seen, use this scientific notation activity to involve math students in the talk of…