In this math activity, we model the data with appropriate mathematics and create social awareness of these tragedies. This is written for the TI-84 CE but can be done on other platforms. Below are links to the student sheets, teacher notes, and TI-84 CE program with the data. Following that is the student PDF, and then the teacher PDF. There is also a website that brings attention to this data and much more: http://noheatstroke.org/ A big thank you to Jan Null at San Jose University for collecting, organizing and providing this important data at this website.
This activity uses data from the TI parking lot in Dallas. There is a similar activity that uses data from a school parking lot in Scottsdale, Arizona.
All the data can be found here (for both cities): http://bit.ly/hotcartemps
Student PDF with Dallas data:
Teacher PDF with Dallas data:
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This activity was written for middle and high school math teachers and their students.
In this blog below you will see the Student Activity followed by the Teachers Notes and Solutions. Both of these are available to be downloaded in pdf from this link: Plastic Straw Activity
The solutions were done with a TI-84 CE but could also be done with a TI-84 or TI-Nspire. We hope this provides a good mathematics lesson along with social awareness for the environment.
Starbuck’s to halt plastic straw use by 2020
Washington Post article that plastic straws are bad for our bodies, too.
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Click here to go to the website that contains all the materials. Obtain all the files for the TI-84, TI-84 CE, and TI-Nspire: student pdf’s, teacher pdf’s, 84 program, TI-Nspire document.
Click here to view a two-minute video from the New York Times explaining the opioid crisis.
The following is the Teacher’s Notes of the activity for the TI-84 and TI-84 CE. It is very similar to the activity for TI-Nspire.
Click here to view a two-minute video from the New York Times explaining the opioid crisis.
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Idea: the scores of the first 50 Super Bowl football games will be placed into lists on the calculator. On the TI-83/84, the data is easily placed into the proper lists with the ease of running a supplied program. On the TI-Nspire, the data is already in the tns file. The students are then asked questions about the data and will need to perform either 1 Variable Statistics to answer them, or to create a box plot to answer them. We encourage the use of groups of 4 to do the activity in class. See the Teacher Notes for either calculator.
The Teacher Notes also contains 10 fun trivia facts about the Super Bowl, including how it got its name. Enjoy…
Super Bowl Scores Activity 2016 Student Activity
Each link contains the student version, the teacher notes, the answer key and other files.
Link to my dropbox with all files to use with a TI-83/84.
Link to my dropbox with all files to use with TI-Nspire.
Link to a video that explains the activity.
Idea: the scores of the first 18 championship college football games will be placed into lists on the calculator. On the TI-83/84, the data is easily placed into the proper lists with the ease of running a supplied program. On the TI-Nspire, the data is already in the tns file. The students are then asked questions about the data and will need to perform either 1 Variable Statistics to answer them, or to create a box plot to answer them. We encourage the use of groups of 4 to do the activity in class. See the Teacher Notes for either calculator.
The Teacher Notes also contains 10 fun trivia facts including some about the history of the College Football Champions since 1869. Enjoy…
Number of football championships since 1869:
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This is designed to be used for any student that has:
TI-83/84 (greyscale), Download the MOMFLR84 program.
TI-84 CE (color), Download the MOMFLWRS program.
or a TI-Nspire CX. Download the Flowers_for_Mom.tns activity.
Download the 3-page pdf (see below) for all 3 platforms here.
]]>Epidemic! Prescription Drug Deaths
Kate Snow did a report about the Opioid Addiction (painkiller) epidemic in the United States on the Today Show, April 25, 2016. The content of her story was sad but compelling. Over 50 people die every day in the U.S. as a result of prescription drugs.
I decided to create a math activity about the content of her report – hoping that education is the best medicine – to combat this epidemic. This activity can be used in middle grades through high school. The mathematics is mostly percent increase. The purpose of the activity is to do some mathematics with real world data and at the same time become aware of this major problem and what the solutions can be. The last part of the activity is optional – dealing with regression equations in piece wise functions.
Here is the link to the TI-83/84 files and the TI-Npsire files for this activity, along with pdf’s of the student version and the teacher notes and solutions: http://bit.ly/epidemic2016
Link to teachertube video that is an overview of the activity: teacher_tube_epidemic!
The student activity is shown below, followed by the teacher notes and solutions.