# Tag: MP4

## 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.

## 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.

## 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.

## Will I have enough stuff?

We have 2 activities for National S’mores Day. (1) Number of ingredients to buy with no waste for all of my guests! (2) Building the largest S’more ever. What is reasonable.? How many marshmallows are in this recipe? How many people could this cookie feed? How many marshmallows could you eat?

## How many times bigger?

Listen to students initial thoughts as they wrestle through what “bigger” means … length? height? wheel-base? volume? Come up with guesses that are too high and too low. Show that the average of guesses is pretty close to actual.

## It’s almost summer now

How much water should you drink? How much pee is in this pool? How has the presence of lyme disease changed? Which is the best drink deal at the fair?

## Earth Day actions for our planet

We have 16 activities that you could use for Earth Day! Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day. Help your students become activists for our planet? We have 16 activities that support recycling, conserving resources, awareness of climate change and protecting our planet.…

## Tax time, Patriots Day, Boston Marathon

The middle of April is a busy and interesting time. We have 6 timely activities to try in your classes.

## How hard is it to find a 4 leaf clover? (3 Saint Patrick’s Day activities)

We have 3 Saint Patrick’s Day activities for your math class. How hard is it to find 4-leafed clovers, the nutritional values of a Shamrock Shake, and measuring parts per million (ppm) of dyeing the Chicago River green.

## Just some March Madness math

This is the first of several activities about March Madness. Figuring percents, bar graphs, trends, big numbers, and probability.

## Daylight savings time

Will you wake up and go to sleep earlier or later on that Sunday?
What kind of chart or picture could you draw to help you compare before and after daylight savings time?
Will your Sunday seem longer or shorter?
Is daylight savings time still useful?

## Before the holidays (16 activities)

We have tons (well, 16) of activities to bring to your class in this last week before the holiday break. Movies, science, art, cooking, economics, weather and the logic of calendars. Enjoy!

## How many feet of lights should I buy for my tree?

In this 3-act task, your class guesses how many feet of lights you will need to light your tree. Then gather data from groups and find means or medians. Then actually calculate an estimate given tree dimensions.

## Wind chill

Students use the National Weather Service’s chart to look for patterns, make predictions, decide how many ways the wind-chill could be -22 degrees F, and compare the formula’s outcome with their chart predications.

## The Algebra of Magic Squares

Students examine Magic Squares for how they could help with math computation practice and having fun.