Media4Math has created a collection of math resources that are Halloween themed. This collection includes games, interactives, presentations, and more. To see the complete collection, go here.

Start with our Pumpkin π activity: http://www.media4mathplus.com/SlideShow/231/Pumpkin-Pi. In this multi-grade activity students measure the diameter and circumference of different sized pumpkins, create a scatterplot, estimate the line of best fit, and determine the slope of the line. This hands-on activity is a great way to explore the concept of π, while weaving in other concepts.

Or try our whack-a-mole games. This suite of games test divisibility rules. Depending on the game, students are either “whacking” pumpkins or bats with numbers on them. Students gain points when they identify the correct divisibility rules, but they lose two points when they choose the wrong number.

Check out the full collection!

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Start the new school year with some back-to-school math activities compliments of Math in the News. We have three recent issues that deal with different topics:

- Purchasing School Supplies: Students practice their skills at finding percent increase.
- Summer Movie Blockbusters: Students analyze real world box office data to see what makes a movie a blockbuster.
- Vacation Travel: Students calculate average speed for car travel to diffferent vacation destinations.

Math in the News offer real-world applications of math.

Note: This version of Math in the News was created using Slide Show Creator, which is Media4Math’s proprietary tool for creating online instructional module. With Slide Show Creator, simply share the URL with your students. No log-ing or registration is necessary.

See more free issues of Math in the News here.

See the complete library of Math in the News here.

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We have produced a series of online lessons on the topic of functions. As a group, these lessons address the following Common Core standards:

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We also have a teacher’s guide for this lesson sequence:

OER Resource: Teacher’s Guide for Functions Lesson Sequence

Here are the lessons:

OER Resource: What Is a Function?

OER Resource: What Are the Domain and Range?

OER Resource: What Is Function Notation?

OER Resource: What Does It Mean to Evaluate a Function?

OER Resource: Sequences and Functions

And here are some new lessons recently added:

OER Resource: Linear Function Models

OER Resource: Quadratic Function Models

OER Resource: Exponential Function Models

These lessons include instructional videos, as well as hands-on math through the use of an embedded Desmos graphing calculator.

Simply click on the links above and go directly to the lesson modules. You can also copy and paste these lesson URLs and include them in your assignments. Students do not need to log into anything. These free resources can be used any time and on any device.

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- Math in the News: Summer Travel: Have students talk about their summer travels mathematically. In this issue students measure distance, calculate average speed, and analyze the real amount of time it takes to travel from home to a vacation destination.

- Math in the News: Summer Blockbusters: What makes for a summer movie blockbuster? In this issue we analyze box office data for blockbusters and look at their characteristics.

Back to school can be a challenge for returning math students. For many, their skills may have waned over the summer and your first days of school are likely not going to focus on math algorithms. These issues of Math in the News give you some student-friendly ways of resuming their math work in this new year.

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Video: https://youtu.be/R28mOXH0HKw

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These games are a fun way to review divisibility rules. Click here to see the games.

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Before you put that log in the fireplace, take a look at the logarithms involved in thawing frozen turkeys. In this issue of Media4Math we look at “thawing curves” using logarithmic models for thawing a frozen turkey.

Click here to see the current issue of Math in the News.

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http://www.media4mathplus.com/SlideShow/177/Turkey-Whack–Even-Numbers

We have added four games total:

Even Numbers: http://www.media4mathplus.com/Asset/11374/Interactive-Math-Game–Turkey-Whack–Even-Numbers

Odd Numbers: http://www.media4mathplus.com/Asset/11375/Interactive-Math-Game–Turkey-Whack–Odd-Numbers

Divisible by 3: http://www.media4mathplus.com/Asset/11376/Interactive-Math-Game–Turkey-Whack–Divisible-by-3

Divisible by 4: http://www.media4mathplus.com/Asset/11377/Interactive-Math-Game–Turkey-Whack–Divisible-by-4

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