I dare you to say the title of this blog post 5 times fast 🙂 Mathalicious is sharing a free math lesson on probability based on the basketball tournament. It looks like so much fun you should definitely check it out.
They also offer this great student handout that walks you through the lesson. This would be a great idea for a co-op. Have all of the students fill out a bracket too just to get them engaged.
When you buy a concert ticket, how much are you really paying to get into the show, and where does all the rest of your money go? From service fees, to delivery fees, to convenience fees, companies such as Ticketmaster have a dramatic effect on the price of a ticket. And then there are the scalpers…
In this lesson, students use percents to examine how the revenue from ticket purchases is distributed among the various players in the concert game, from artists and venues to distributors and middlemen. Think the face value is how much the ticket costs? Think again.
The above is the opening to a lesson published by Mathalicious. This lesson is one of the free ones, you can also pay a subscription to have access to their entire library. The Scalped! lesson includes video and audio clips about buying concert tickets. It also walks students through calculating percentages. Lots of math and lots of interesting information about the fees involved in concerts.
Graphing can be one of the toughest skills for math students to master. In my decade of experience as a high school math teacher I noticed that a good sheet of graph paper can make a big difference. I’d run off a bunch of double-sided copies of this before each unit on graphing so it was available and ready to go.
This graph paper is my favorite design because it fits four to a page and is numbered. I also included a sheet that is specific for Algebra 1, it has space for students to label the slope and y-intercept on the graph. This is perfect for linear equations. Finally, there is one for Algebra 2 students that has space to label the vertex and x-intercepts on a parabola.