2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Take a seat on the parade route with a holiday-themed set of word problems. Young mathematicians answer questions based on the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, including finding the average number of members in a marching band, measuring the parade route in blocks, meter, and kilometers, and estimating the size of a parade balloon.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project into the board for a week of warm-up activities
  • Include in an assessment
  • Assign one problem to 12 different groups and have them present multiple ways to solve their problem
  • Have learners create their own questions based on the floats, bands, and ballons in this year's Thanksgiving Parade
Classroom Considerations

  • Pictures are in color and may be difficult to read in black and white
Pros

  • Connects real-world topics to important math skills
  • Encourages critical thinking and problem solving skills
Cons

  • None