Activity Sheets

Many activity sheets relating to topics from the book are on my teacherspayteachers website:

These are expanded versions of what is listed in the book with an actual handout included along with solutions. If you have purchased the book and posted an amazon review send me an emailĀ  popculturemath@gmail.com and I will send you any of these for free.

Modelling With Baseball Statistics
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 movie Moneyball.

Limits featured in the movie Mean Girls
See how you can incorporate a clip from the movie Mean Girls into your Calculus classroom. One scene features a limit. Students will evaluate the limit shown in the movie. This activity requires students to know L’Hopital’s Rule, infinite limits, the product rule, and the quotient rule.

Derivatives with The Simpsons
This activity guides students through a discovery of u-substitution using a clip from The Simpsons as a way to motivate interest.

Which is more fair: Rock, Paper, Scissors or a coin toss? Find the probability
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. Cooperative learning is used. A homework assignment is included along with a follow-up the following class where students compare the theoretical probabilities they found with the experimental probabilities. Video clips from The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory are included to pique student interest.

Modelling graphs with Dumbo
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 either piecewise with two linear equations or a parabola.

Compound Interest
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 problem.

Standard Deviation
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.

Graphing Inequalities
This activity gives students a chance to practice graphing inequalities while solving a crime. It is motivated by an episode of Numb3rs.

Triangle Centers
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.

Paying it Forward with Exponential Growth

This activity uses a clip from the movie Pay it Forward to give students practice modelling with an exponential function.

The Perfect Number
A clip from The Big Bang Theory is used to motivate students to study properties of palindrome numbers.

Absolute Value
In this activity students learn and explore the meaning of absolute value using a clip from the television show The Wonder Years.

Completing the square
In this activity students learn how to complete the square in a guided step-by-step process. There is an optional problem to derive the quadratic formula by completing the square. This activity is enhanced by using a clip from The Wonder Years.

Modeling with Alice
In this activity students create a model for Alice from Alice in Wonderland as she grows and shrinks. Students should know how to solve exponential equations.

The Infinite Bender Series
In this activity students watch a clip from Futurama and work with a formula given by The Professor. The first part uses series and modeling. The second part uses exponential growth. Students should be familiar with the harmonic series and the geometric series and what it converges to.