Calculating Laptop Volume Once kids can calculate the volume of a rectangle prism, we want to move them up Bloom’s Taxonomy. We want to add complexity, not just give them more practice problems. Here’s a lesson that I cooked up over at Byrdseed.TV for working with volume. 1. Find Some Laptops! First, I’d have students […]

# All AboutMath Projects

A menu of math projects to apply students’ mathematical understanding and quickly cross disciplines.

## How Much To Fill ‘Er Up With Clam Chowder? (A Math Project)

Sure gasoline seems expensive. Until you try to fill your car up with printer ink.

## Calendars: A Bonanza of Factoring Problems

The calendar is a source of fantastic factoring problems with many social studies add-ons. Why 12 months? Why 30 (or 31 or 28) days? Why are weeks 7 days long? Why don’t they fit into the months (or the year!)? Why did we do this to ourselves and have any people done better?

## Delightful Math Data

I love collecting links to articles with fun math applications. Here are three of my recent favorites.

## Math Data: Living In Vegas, Working In San Francisco

Is it cheaper to live in Vegas and commute to work in San Francisco? This article says so, and it’s a perfect base for a meaningful math project.

## Are you using Wolfram Alpha for math data?

Intriguing, authentic data can make or break a math project. I keep a list of bookmarks to surprising data I’ve found around the web. But what if you know what data you want to find? Sure, you could Google it, but an even better source is Wolfram Alpha, especially if you’d like to work with […]

## A Millionaire By Doubling Pennies

How long will it take to get a million dollars if you start with a penny and double it?

## Olympic Medal Math Project

In the paper, I read about Norway’s dominance of the Winter Olympics, despite being a tiny country. I love this juxtaposition of unexpected data! Let’s turn it into a math project. Here are some questions I thought ofâ€¦

## Math Project: Shrinking Airline Seats

What kind of math project could you build based on the shrinking dimensions of seats on the Boeing 777?

## Big Gifts, Small Prices

What if you want to buy a big gift that’s cheap for its size? By calculating the volume of the object, we can find how much each cubic inch costs. Measured by price per volume, Thomas is 250 times more expensive than a big outdoor slide!