Tag: HS

Mother’s Day 2021 – 13 activities

We have 13 possible activities for you to use to help honor and celebrate Mother’s Day in your class. Diapers, chocolate, Mother’s Day spending, and more …

Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo – buy it or make it at home?

Students have the guac ingredient list and the price of each ingredient in their usual quantities … like a bottle of lime juice. But we don’t need the whole bottle to make our dip. Students calculate the cost of the various ingredients and decide if making it is more expensive than buying it from Chipotle.

Does an NFL player’s draft order mean a lot for the player?

Students interpret the graph relating draft pick number and contract value. They consider how much being selected earlier or later, either by a few picks or rounds effects a player’s earnings and if players should really be concerned with where in the order they are selected.

Earth Day 2021

Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day – We have 15 interesting activities that support recycling, conserving resources, noticing climate change and protecting our planet. The shape of Louisiana – At what rate is the state loosing land and wetland?  Why is this happening?  Will…

Which car, hybrid or electric, should I buy?

Students create equations for finding the break-even points of hybrid and electric vehicles by mileage and years of ownership.  They work with systems of equations to find the number of years or number of miles where the cost of these cars are the same.

Spring and Easter posts

5 timely activities that help mark Spring and Easter. Dyeing eggs, approximating number of Peeps sold, counting backwards to find planting dates, reading a pie chart on candy sales, and solid or hollow giant chocolate bunny. Enjoy!

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.

The Perfect Bracket

What are your chances of picking every game? How does the change from 64 to 65 to now, 68 teams in the field complicate things?  How many brackets would you need to fill out to pick every possibility?  How many reams of paper would you need to print all of those brackets?  Let’s do the math!   Also, check out the video below that explores your odds of picking all games in the tournament perfectly.

How hard is it to find a 4-leaf clover? … and more for Saint Patrick’s Day

Three Saint Patrick’s Day activities. (1) The probabilities of finding a 4-leaf clover; (2) the necessary proportion to dye the Chicago river green for the day; and (3) nutritional evaluation of McDonalds’ Shamrock Shake. Plus, watch a great video to learn how to spot a 4-leaf clover.

How does starting Daylight Savings Time make you feel?

In this class opener activity, we’ve asked students to how this time shift will feel. Does a shift ahead make you go to bed later or earlier? Will you lose or gain an hour to your day? How will you feel during that day and maybe the next?

3/14 – Pi Day is almost here

We have 8 activities to help you celebrate π in your school and in your math class with activities that demonstrate how π was derived; visually show why π makes sense; show a surprising place where π is used; increase students ability to measure and long divide; applauds the talent of people who can memorize large strings of numbers; and lets students just have fun.

The Iditarod race will be different this year

We have two Iditarod activities for you and your classes to choose from. Appreciate the “Greatest Race on Earth”!

Dunkin’s Go2s

Simultaneous equations with a Dunkin Donuts’ sandwich deal. Do you have enough information to solve it?

8 cold and snowy activities

How much snow is that? – How many inches of snow produced that pile?  How much snow in volume is on top of the car?  How much could that snow weigh? Approximation, snow/water equivalent rates (SWE) 5.MD.C, 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, 7.EE.B, 7.G, 7.EE.A Snowy…

John Urschel, retired Baltimore Raven and Black mathematician

In this activity, students can learn about this mathematician and retired pro football player as they read to create a timeline of his life and accomplishments.  They compare his milestone to  the milestones that are usually met in schools.