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Pop Culture Math
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There are 4 probability activities included. The first uses a clip from The Simpsons to motivate a lesson on finding the odds of winning the NY lottery. The next one uses the game show Deal or No Deal to introduce expected value. The next one uses
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
HSS-CP.A.2, HSS-CP.B.7, HSS-CP.B.8, HSS-CP.B.9
$5.00
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In this activity students find the theoretical probabilities of winning a coin toss and a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors. They are given articles to read that discuss strategies for winning these games and then asked to devise their own strategy.
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Statistics
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$4.00
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students calculate a Sabermetric baseball statistic and then analyze it to look for patterns. A computer lab is required for this activity since it uses Excel and online baseball statistics. The motivation for this activity is the
Subjects:
Statistics
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
1
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By Pop Culture Math
This activity uses Wheel of Fortune as a way to practice hypothesis testing. Students should already know how to do a Chi-Square Goodness of fit test prior to this activity and they should have some familiarity with Excel (or you can use this
Subjects:
Math, Statistics
Grades:
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$5.00
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In this activity students learn how to convert between hexadecimal and decimal notation and then use this knowledge applied to HTML colors. This activity is motivated by a scene in The Simpsons.
Subjects:
Numbers
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.25
2
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In this activity the movie Identity is used to motivate an exploration of the birthday problem. This activity can be used is a middle school and higher class as a first day activity for students to get to know one another. An extension for high
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$2.50
Digital Download PDF (0.25 MB)
By Pop Culture Math
In this activity an episode of Shark Tank is used as a motivation to explore linear and exponential growth. If you would like to take this a step further there is also an extension that uses linear programming. A link to a video going over this
Subjects:
Math, Statistics
Grades:
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$2.50
Digital Download PDF (0.33 MB)
By Pop Culture Math
In this activity a clip from Rushmore is used to motivate finding the area of an ellipse. In the first part students use the relationship between a circle and an ellipse to make an educated guess about what the area of an ellipse is. In a Calculus
Subjects:
Math, Calculus, PreCalculus
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$2.00
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students learn about two basic level ciphers for encoding and decoding secret messages. A clip from the DaVinci Code is used to introduce this topic. Included is a link to a short video going over how the activity works.
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.52 MB)
By Pop Culture Math
In this activity a clip from Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is used to introduce students to the Fibonacci numbers. Students explore properties of this sequence and then go into depth on the property of dividing a Fibonacci number by the previous
Subjects:
Math, Calculus, PreCalculus
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$1.50
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students Fever Pitch, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Futurama are used to motivate students to learn about taxicab numbers and do a few related activities to build number sense. As long as students know how to find powers of numbers
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
Digital Download DOCX (0.01 MB)
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In this activity the movie The Englishman Who Went up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain is used to motivate a lesson on how to measure mountains. Students use trigonometry such as the law of sines and the tangent ratio to solve triangles. A link to a
Subjects:
Math, Trigonometry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
HSG-SRT.C.8, HSG-SRT.D.11
$1.50
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity a clip from The Big Bang Theory is used to introduce students to geometric sequences. They then explore the common ratio value. A link to a video overview is included as well as solutions.
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
CCSS:
HSF-BF.A.2
$1.25
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students figure out the formulas for compound interest compounded once a year, multiple times, and continuously. A clip from the movie The Bank is used to introduce the idea and a clip from Futurama is used to give a practice
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
2
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students first go through a set of examples exploring the definitions of functions, one-to-one, and onto (they will have to have previously learned the definitions). Then they view a clip from Top Chef to motivate the Pigeonhole
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
8th
Types:
Activities
$1.25
1
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By Pop Culture Math
In this activity the movie Dumbo is used as a motivator to have students create a model. Students will draw a graph and then figure out the equation of their graph. Depending on the shape they choose, the activity is set up for the graph to be
Subjects:
Applied Math, Graphing, Algebra 2
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$3.00
$2.25
Digital Download PDF (0.25 MB)
By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students find the centroid, orthocenter, and circumcenter of various triangles. The motivation for this activity is an episode of The Cosby Show.
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.25
1
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By Pop Culture Math
This activity gives students a chance to practice graphing inequalities while solving a crime. It is motivated by an episode of Numb3rs.
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
$1.00
1
Digital Download PDF (0.46 MB)
By Pop Culture Math
In this activity students are guided through a discovery of the standard deviation formula and then they explore how variations in the data affect its value. A clip from Everybody Loves Raymond is used to show an example of standard deviation.
Subjects:
Applied Math, Measurement
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$1.50
Digital Download PDF (0.32 MB)
By Pop Culture Math
This activity guides students through a discovery of u-substitution using a clip from The Simpsons as a way to motivate interest.
Subjects:
Calculus
Grades:
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
$2.50
$2.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 18 years teaching experience at a liberal arts college. I teach mathematics and mathematics education classes. I am also the graduate director for the masters in mathematics education.

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I always strive to do everything I can to help my students succeed. I have used various methodologies to achieve student success. These include cooperative learning, flipped classrooms, and incorporating technology into my lessons.

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Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University in Mathematics Education B.A. and M.A. Binghamton University in Mathematics

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