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Celebrate each day of April by connecting math to a real world event that previously occurred on the same day. Select events that you think will interest your students for various reasons.
It's easy to find these historical events. You can use a Google search to help you. Or just push the EASY button and use the ideas below!
Be sure to check out all grade levels. Sometimes you'll see an off grade level idea and immediately see how to tweak it to fit your students! Even if you use only one idea, your April is sure to be the best month yet for you and your students! Enjoy.
April 4, 1974 Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth's famous home run record of 714!
April 5, 1896 First Modern Day Olympic Games in Athens
April 6, 1930 Hostess Twinkie's Birthday!
April 7, 1969 Happy Birthday to the Internet! (official date see publication RFC 1)
April 8, 1974 Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run! Record Breaker!
April 11, 1921 First Sports Broadcast on the Radio
April 12, 1955 Polio vaccine is declared safe and effective
Elementary My search came up with many Pinterest boards related to the term “GERMS”
April 13, 1902 James C. Penny opens his first store.
After reading this article, have students brainstorm and put together a plan for opening their own school store. Ask them what mathematics they would need to use.
April 14, 1849 First edition of Webster's Dictionary!
Elementary, Middle, and yes, even High School! Fun ideas for using dictionaries mathematically. Use math vocabulary words for # 3,4,6!
April 15, 1955 McDonald's Corporation founded. Have a Big Math Day.
So many lesson ideas on this one!!
Elementary do you know about this? Does McDonald’s Sell Cheese Burgers?
April 18, 1775 Paul Revere Day! (The famous Midnight Ride!)
Story and Map all levels.
Oh, the math you can make with this!!
Use the 3 Act Math Model with this. Just give students the map and ask them to construct the problem.
April 19, 1919 First successful parachute jump and free fall
All levels fun interactive experience designing a parachute
April 20, 1926 Sound added to film for the first time
Are you thinking math video connection here?
Here’s a quick read to find out about the history of the transition from silent to sound
No button, just CLICK >>>>>> ALL Levels
All Levels Fun Idea
Create a math video – Students work in groups or create one class video to represent a big math concept they have studied.
Show an example first and challenge them to get creative!
Here’s a blog article where one teacher dishes on how he does this rather simply!
No button, just CLICK >>>>> http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/08/11/move-over-sal-khan-sixth-graders-create-their-own-math-videos/
Here’s an example of one of his student made videos:
No button, just CLICK >>>>> http://mathtrain.tv/play.php?vid=91
Play with this year, and next year, look out! Think about starting this strategy early on to hook your “i-Gen” kiddos ! You could collect a whole series of videos on all the major standards that they’ll see on your state exam. Then play them back for review.
April 21, Rome is founded (Yes, it was Rome was founded ON a day not IN a day! lol)
This is a perfect day to compare our number system to Roman Numerals! (Looking at other number systems helps students understand our number system!)
April 22, 1970 First Earth Day Celebrated Happy Earth Day!
You’ll find great activities here Pick and Choose!
April 25, 1507 German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st to use the name America on his world map Universalis Cosmographia
Awesome activities on Cartography for everyone!
April 26, 1900 Charles Richter's Birthday and Richter Scale Day, seismologist who developed the earthquake magnitude scale
Earthquake topic search results for all levels
April 27, 1982 The computer mouse is introduced
Totally cool video that shows how a mathematical equation is behind the design of computer pointing devices.
April 28, 2003 Apple iTunes Music Store opens and sells 1,000,000 songs in a week!
Tons of free math games and practice on iTunes. Check out these three top rated!
April 29, 1975 US Army pulls out of Viet Nam
3rd Grade Vietnamese children were given this problem: Can you solve it?