Dr. Sara Santos is a popular mathematician and speaker on mathematics. She has worked out a method for wrapping boxes (rectangular prisms) as efficiently as possible. (Watch the video above) Her method was written up in this article in Mental…

Let students explore the patterns of perfect squares and Pythagorean Triples as they analyze our piece of art and decide why the resulting construction looks like spiraling squares. For a finale they color their own spiraling triple. The activity: SpiralingTriples-activity.pdf

The Niña Columbus Day is a bit of an enigma that used to be celebrated throughout all of the Americas. Columbus’s mission and arrival are now thought to have not been as noble an endeavor in the way that indigenous people were…

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…

Pythagorean triples are not only handy for students to recognize but produce some interesting and lovely patterns. We’ve combined a little coloring with our Pythagorean Triple pattern investigation to let your students relax while they color, view the beauty, and…

How were your holidays? Your school vacation? Mine was good. I surprised my family with this HDTV, which I wrapped and hung on our wall. The size of an HDTV is determined by the length of its diagonal. What size…

Brian can’t even go to his town’s spring festival without seeing math. Let your class approximate the height or length of this ladder by using the relative size of the cars or the people to approximate the ladder’s length.

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…

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…

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…