Tag Archive for HS

Is this possible?

Brian Shoemaker, a Newton, MA mathematics teacher, saw this Dunkin Donuts Mazda traveling down the road.  He wondered if that size coffee cup could really have coffee in it.  Wouldn’t the car rock back on its rear bumper? How much…

Stacking Jack

Act One: Check out the video slide show.  What questions do you have? The Activity: Stacking Jack Suggested Question: How many different ways can I stack Jack?  That is, how many different color arrangements are there? If I wanted to take…

Starbucks, 2012

Time to give students some authentic math on a topic they will surely be interested in … Starbucks.  We ask and answer a few questions in this activity. About how many drinks does Starbucks sell in a year? If I…

Penny Wars

Act One: Check out all of the pennies! What questions come to mind? If you want the most money, which container should you pick? What information do you need to answer this question?  What assumptions must you make to solve…

Peak of Hurricane season

The official Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1 and doesn’t end until November 30th. Encourage your students to join the conversation, knowledgeably, by using Brian’s latest creation.  Students read about hurricane classfications and calculate the possible increases in destruction from various…

Particle News

After almost 50 years of looking for the subatomic particle that could validate our standard model of physics, two teams working at the Large Hedron Collider (LHC) have both concluded the existance of the particle. Familiarize your students with the…

My Facebook IPO investment

What is an IPO?  Are they always good investments? Students analyze charts and data, learn a little about investing, calculate percent loss (unfortunately), and make some Facebook stock projections. facebook-IPO.pdf

Fish tale, go figure

Whoa!  I have two fish in my aquarium.  Betty, my white goldfish always stays really close to the front wall as she swims towards her food.  However, Stripe, my striped goldfish swims diagonally across the tank to the back top…

Pythagorean Theorem

Use this activity to help your students discover the Pythagorean theorem. Pythagorean theorem work is often skill and drill work with contrived right triangle problems.  In this activity students work with a visual representation of the Pythagorean theorem in order…

Watson save

We can’t get enough NFL.  Check out the video above that revisits a truly great NFL playoff play. In the 2005 AFC divisional championship game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, Benjamin Watson stopped a touchdown in…

Storm cleanup

This activity could be used as an introduction to trig ratios.  Students figure out the approximate length of the huge branch that I have to fell for safety and firewood. After approximating the branch’s length, they calculate how many logs…

Video game download

How long will it take me to download the video game? This can be done as a 3 Act Task.  To get started simply show the video and following picture to your class. ACT ONE: I decided to download a…

Budget 2012

Visit this debt clock website and ask students to make some observations, http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/unitedstates What do you see happening on this clock? When will the U. S. hit the next trillion dollars deficit milestone? How fast is the deficit increasing every hour?

Valentine’s Cardioid

WojciechSwiderski at the Polish language Wikipedia Happy Valentine’s Day!              cardioid.pdf This PDF contains four ways students can draw cardioids for Valentine’s Day.

Negative Exponents? Ugh

This activity/post is a little different than are usual posts.  We look at a particular math concept and consider how to use context, models and CCSS math practices to increase student understanding.  This activity focuses on negative exponents.  Even if you…