January Resources for Math Teachers 2018
Week 1 - Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) believed that all people were created equal and he helped to make sure that African Americans were treated the same as all other people in America. We celebrate his life on his birthday in January every year, as he is a person who changed the world.
MLK and his wife had four children – two were daughters. How many were sons?
Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech in 1963. He was born in 1929. How old was he when he gave his speech? How old would he be if he was alive today?
In 1934, MLK attended a private elementary school called Oglethorpe Elementary School. It cost his parents $25 for the year. Today, the average cost of private elementary school is about $11,000 per year.
How much has tuition increased since 1934? What is the average yearly increase from 1934 to 2018?
*CHALLENGE: describe the change in terms of percent increase.
Encourage students to write their own word problems based on information found on the Garden of Praise website
Week 2 - Snowmen
Have students create a snowman out of construction paper. Ask the students to estimate how many cotton balls it will take to fill up the snowman. Have the students record their estimate. Then, have students fill in the snowman, counting the actual amount of cotton balls. Record the actual amount of cotton balls. Display the snowmen.
The World’s Tallest Snowman was built in Bethel Maine and stood 113 feet 7 inches tall. This broke the former record held by Yamagata, Japan of 96 feet 7 inches.. How much taller was the Bethel snowman? Name something else that stands about 113 feet tall.
Looking at data gathered to analyze the impact of global warming from the National Snow and Ice Data Center we have the following graph:
Find the rate of change of square miles of ice coverage in December across the years in the graph.
If this trend continues, what will the area of ice coverage be in December of 2018?
Show your work and explain your solution.
Write your own question based on this graph or other data found at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Week 3 - Snow PLay
8 children dressed to play in the snow. They all wore boots. How many boots were there on all of the children? Show how you solved the problem.
Trish played in the snow from 11:00 am until 2:45 pm. How long did she play in the snow?
Kate wanted to make hot chocolate to warm up. The ingredients in the recipe she found reads:
2 1/3 cup milk
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons cocoa
Makes 4 mugs of hot chocolate.
If she only wants to make one mug, what will the recipe be?
What if she wants to make 6 mugs?
Show and explain your thinking.