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Plastic Packaging

3-5
Students participate in an activity in which they investigate the data in connection with recyclable materials and develop plans to help the environment. Specifically, students explore recycling plastic containers.

Get the Picture—Get the Story

3-5
In the following lesson, students act as reporters at the Super Bowl. Students study four pictures of things that they would typically find at a football game: players, a scoreboard, a crowd, and a concession stand. Students are asked to create problem situations that correspond to their interpretation of each of the pictures.

Super Bowl Scores

3-5
This activity focuses on analyzing the scores for football games.  Students study combinations of numbers to produce possible scores for football games.

Super Bowl Scavenger Hunt

3-5
In many homes, the Super Bowl is an event of some significance. This activity is designed to have students examine some enjoyable (and, sometimes, obscure) questions using mathematics during the game. The questions on the activity sheet require that the students make observations about the game.

Post-Office Numbers

3-5
A post office is a good example of a real-world environment in which numbers of different types can be found. Whole numbers and fractions are introduced. Numbers that occur in a greater variety of measurement situations can also be introduced. At this level, students should be encouraged to elaborate on the way numbers are used.

Sports Numbers

3-5
Students are familiar with sports and sporting events. Whole numbers and fractions are used to represent the size of groups or collections and measurements involving lengths, weights, and times in many sporting and game situations. This knowledge can be used to give the students another picture of numbers.

Pizza at Home

3-5
Students survey members of their community to determine preferences about pizza. Students compare their results with their classmates and create graphs of their data.

Favorite Pizza Toppings

3-5
Using a survey, students collect data about favorite pizza toppings. They create a double-bar graph and discuss their graphs with other members of the class.

Pizza-Topping Combinations

3-5
Using the pizza topping theme from the previous lesson, students explore the mathematical idea of combinations. Students also discuss whether or not order matters.

Heights of Students in Our Class

3-5
In this activity students collect height data and then construct a box‑and‑whisker plot to display the results. The activity sheet presents a sequence for setting up a box‑and‑whisker plot.