Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras

5-millionSuper Bowl ads and Scientific notation – Newton teacher, Matt Timmins gave us this timely activity which would be great to use on the day after the Super Bowl.

Students practice using scientific notation as they calculate the cost of Super Bowl commercials. After working with these incredible costs, students get to express their opinions about the ads and decide who the marketing was geared towards. – 5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.2,  6.EE.2, 8.EE.1, 8.EE.3, 8.EE.4, HSA.SSE.A.1

Chinese New Year. Year of the MonkeyChinese New Year –  Lunar New Year begins on Monday, February 8th. This will be the year of the Fire Monkey.  The year name is a combination of 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches creating a sequence of year names that repeat every 60 years. –  6.NS.4, 7.SP.8, S-CP

Students explore the least common multiple of two cycles without ever hearing the term LCM.  They become a little more aware of Chinese culture and the major significance of this annual event, while they “do the math”.

MardiGras-masksMardi gras – Tuesday, February 9, 2016, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent.  Mardi Gras is the last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence.  In New Orleans revelers throw and collect purple, green, and gold beads.

Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity. – 5.NF, 6.RP, 6.EE, 7.RP

from Yummy Math

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