Super Bowl LIII (53) 2019 Math Activity

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Where I will be speaking in 2019:      bit.ly/TomReardon2019

This activity can be used at grade 7 or beyond. It can be done with either a TI-83/84/84CE or the TI-Nspire.

Here is a link to a website that contains all the files. On one side are the files for the 84, the other side is for Nspire.   bit.ly/superbowl53ti
Link to a short video (5 mins) that explains the activity:  Math_Super_Bowl_Activity_Video
Idea: the scores of the first 52 Super Bowl football games will be placed into lists on the calculator.

On the TI-83/84/84CE, 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.
We will begin with 20 fun trivia facts about the Super Bowl, including how it got its name. These are great class starters – fun and interesting!

Enjoy…

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Student Activity TI-83/84/84CE  (TI-Nspire version is very similar)

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Teacher Solutions TI-83/84/84CE   (TI-Nspire version is very similar)

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To see where I will be speaking and/or providing Professional Development in 2019, go to:       bit.ly/TomReardon2019

Contact me with questions or suggestions:  tom@tomreardon.com

 

 

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Burning of Fossil Fuels and Carbon

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This is a TI-84 activity that uses Mathematical Modeling and Climate Change data. Here is where you can get the data for a TI-84 or TI-84 CE: BURNFOSS program.   You can get the student sheet here: Fossil Fuel and Carbon Student and the teacher notes and solutions here: Fossil Fuel and Carbon Teacher. Or you can get all 3 files in a zip folder here:  Fossil Fuel and Carbon ALL Files .

Here is the student pdf:

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Greenland Ice Mass Variations Since 2002

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This is a TI-84 activity that uses Mathematical Modeling and Climate Change data. Here is where you can get the data for a TI-84 or TI-84 CE:   GREENICE program    You can get the student sheet here:  Greenland Ice Mass Student and the teacher notes and solutions here: Greenland Ice Mass Teacher. Or you can get all 3 files in a zip folder here: Greenland ALL Files .

Here is the student pdf:

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Hot Car Temps Modeling & Awareness

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As of June 8, 2018, 753 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke since 1998.     All of these deaths could have been prevented.

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:

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Green Bay Lambeau Field Renovation Math Activity TI-84 and TI-Nspire

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The Math Behind Keeping the Field Warm So That Snow and Ice Does Not Accumulate

Link to ALL the files – for TI-84 and TI-Nspire

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Below are the student and teacher versions for the       TI-84. The TI-Nspire versions are similar.

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Model the Green Bay Icon

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Zip folder With ALL Files for the TI-84 CE

Website of Activity for TI-84 CE and TI-Nspire with all files

Zip folder With ALL Files for TI-Nspire

The TI-84 CE version is shown below.

The TI-Nspire version follows. Enjoy…

 

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Earth Day – Plastic Straws Math Activity

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How many straws are used in the United States each day? If they were connected, would they wrap around the earth at the Equator? In one year, would the length of straws reach the moon? How many times? What is the volume of this plastic for one year? How deep would it be on a football field?

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.

Video about this activity

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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