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…

Students consider how to determine the best candy haul prediction. The math ideas of measurement error and percent error are introduced. Students then predict their own Halloween candy collections numbers and compare their predictions to their actual haul using measurement and percent error.

Fall is a beautiful time of year for hiking. Many students will be walking in the woods and mountains to enjoy the colorful leaves and the cool weather outside. Let them combine what they are doing with their families and…

Locked in a smelly bathroom for one hour and then promised a lifetime of Whopper meals, an Oregon man sued BK when the manager’s promise was withdrawn. How much money should he ask for in his suit? The activity: BurgerKingBathroomLawsuit.pdf

It’s the talk of the town. Madden video games have had some issues. Check this one out. Here’s one that has Le’Veon Bell seeming to fly from the Bear’s goal line to the center of the field. Student’s can admire…

This activity is the first in our series on mental math tricks. Let your students develop their own individual way of mentally multiplying by 0.5, 5, 50, 500, and so on. We have a little practice and a requirement for…

Wow! It’s been a long time coming. The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series! The last time they won the World Series was in 1908 (For some perspective, that is the same time the first car, the Model T,…

We visited a Chic-fil-A recently. We had a great meal and my son loved playing in the play area. While at the play area I noticed two different signs that gave the…

There is yet another Oreo… ABC Breaking News This activity builds off the work that Dan Anderson’s math class revealed about Original Oreos and Double Stuff Oreos. Students begin by working with the weight of just the Oreo wafer and…

Act One: Take a look at the picture. What is the first question that comes to mind? How many donuts is that? What information would be useful? Act Two: See pictures below. Your students can view all of the pictures…

Help your students understand what they are reading or hearing about the California drought. Terms like acre-feet, chains, and furlongs are often used to describe the volume of the reservoirs. Give your class a little practice and appreciation of the…

Recently McDonald’s announced that by 2016 they will use only chicken raised without the antibiotics that are used in human medicine. McDonald’s plans to join Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Chiptotle, and Whole Foods in the move towards removing antibiotics in the…

This is a great looking room, but do you see what is wrong with this picture? Whether you are in middle school or high school, someday you are going to be moving out and you might need to select the…

There have been a lot of cruise ship mishaps and disasters this year. While these are in the news, let your students consider how these floating cities manage their resources and which of their needs are precarious as they calculate…

“Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”… Apple CEO Tim Cook in a memo to Apple employees. Students can honor Steve Jobs and be involved in an…