# Tag: 8th

## Lego Fireman +

Students use our lego measurements to underestimate and over estimate this giant firefighter’s construction time and LEGO block quantity. Then students average their class estimates and compare to the real time and and quantity.

## U. S. Open Tennis Tournament prizes have been awarded

Students ponder the amounts for various wins, they will work with patterns, use number sense, reasoning, and have the opportunity to model real-life situations with algebra.

## 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.

## The Moroccan Earthquake and the Richter scale

Friday evening, September 8th, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Morocco southwest of Marrakech.
What does a 6.8 magnitude earthquake mean? How powerful was that? What is a seismometer and a seismograph? What is the amplitude of a seismograph reading? Why did the quake happen in Morocco?

## Little Amal walks across the United States

Little Amal’s plight as a 10-year old Syrian refuge is a powerful story to see and speak about as students calculate this giant puppet’s components and try to understand her movements.

## Will the Barbie movie out-perform Avatar at the box office?

Do you think that Barbie can out-earn Avatar?  Students study the numbers, recognize the need for an inflation adjustment, get to share their observations about the movie and its messages, and draw their own conclusions about how far Barbie will go as a money-maker.

## Justin Verlander’s lunch bill

In the 2017 World Series, the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to play (and lose to) the Boston Red Sox in the finals.  Evidently the population of Los Angeles held a grudge with the Astro’s…

## Hurricanes again …

Updated In this updated hurricane activity, we’ve ask students to examine the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale and consider what other elements besides this ranking may contribute to the devastation that is caused by tropical storms. Students read about hurricane classfications…

## Jock tax 2023

In this activity students consider the remarkable differences in state taxes that high paid pro athletes have to pay. Students determine how much more money an athlete should be paid in a high tax state in order to offset the taxes.

## Monarch’s are flying south again

In mid-August and early September, the Monarch butterflies begin their annual migration south to more moderate climates to hibernate and overwinter. In this activity students read charts, do a little research, and make observations about the decline of Monarchs.

## What do you know about the Hawaiian islands?

Let your students explore Hawaii and better understand its depths, heights, and origins as they compare maps and deduce info from charts.

## Will sending you back to school this year cost a fortune?

In this activity students decide what equipment and supplies are necessary, estimate how much that will all cost, confer with classmates to refine their lists, and then research to find out more accurately how much it will probably cost to send them back to school. This activity could be used for students in upper elementary school all the way to high school. It offers an opportunity for kids to estimate, research, reason, calculate and communicate with each other.

## Women’s World Cup – How many matches are left?

The first round of Group play has finished and now the remaining teams start the second round of play. The teams have already played a lot of matches.  How many? And, how many matches are left?

## This shoe is huge!

In this activity student need to use a shoe size chart, patterns or linear modeling to try to figure out what size this shoe must be.  Then they try to estimate how tall this person must have been.

## Lionel Messi, soccer star and influencer

Lionel Messi is possibly the best soccer player in the world. How much influence does he have? Messi just shared an Apple TV link on his Instagram account.  The link takes you to Apple TV where you can subscribe and,…