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Is 2024 a special number?

Algebra Number Sense Current events Any time math
Image by dashu83 on Freepik Students are introduced to some esoteric number categories as they check out the various descriptors of this year's date.  What's a Harshad number?  What's a...

DST ends November 5th, 2023 - strange happenings

Algebra Number Sense Geometry Math and Science Holidays and Annual Events Current events
In this activity students try to figure out how time settings will change as they move from place to place and in the serious weirdness of Arizona and the Navaho and Hopi nations.  What variables...

How many Americans (and their pets) participate in Halloween?

Algebra Number Sense Math and Social Studies Holidays and Annual Events Ratio and Proportion Data and probability
Surveys show that more and more people are involved in and spending on Halloween activities. If the percent of Americans participating continues at this pace and the population continues to grow at ...

Will this be an El Niño winter?

Number Sense Math and Science Math and Social Studies Holidays and Annual Events Current events
The Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) started to show changes to the Pacific Ocean surface temperatures in April and May of this year.  Those temperatures are still rising which is a marker for the upco...

Will I have enough stuff?

Algebra Number Sense Math and Food Current events Ratio and Proportion Wow factor
Thursday, Aug 10th, is National S'mores Day! In my pantry I have one new box of Graham crackers, one bag of 6 full-sized Hershey bars, and one bag of marshmallows. Friends are meeting me at the b...

Wildfires and particulate matter

Algebra Number Sense Math and Science Current events Data and probability
Wildfires in Canada have been spreading dangerous smoke pollution throughout much of North America. What is a dangerous size of particles per cubic meter (PM)? How tiny is th...

Iditarod 2023 – The Last Great Race on Earth

Algebra Number Sense Sports Current events Ratio and Proportion Data and probability
The Iditarod Dogsled Race will begin this year on Saturday, March 4th in Anchorage, Alaska. It is often called The Last Great Race on Earth because it is so long and grueling. Students ...

Lunar New Year 2023

Algebra Number Sense Math and Social Studies Holidays and Annual Events Data and probability
The year of the Water Rabbit Students explore the least common multiple of these two cycles without ever hearing the term LCM.  They explore some of Asian culture and begin to understand the...

Earth's perihelion with the Sun

Algebra Math and Science Holidays and Annual Events Ratio and Proportion Data and probability
Today, Wednesday, January 4th, 2023, Earth will be as close as it gets to the Sun during its orbit. Shouldn't that make this the warmest time of the year? In this activity students become fam...
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