Tom Stinson

I breathe, love and teach Math. Love the NBA and movies. When I'm not in the classroom or doing class prep, I'm spending time with my beautiful family - my wife and 2 children.

Boston, MA

Monsters University - Mike Works Hard

It's a new academic year at Monsters University and Mike Wazowski is working hard. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.2 (multiplicative comparison).

Tom StinsonCandace Parker and Basketball Math

As Candace Parker is up in the award ceremony, she is thinking: how big are basketballs anyways? Aligns with Common Core Math 8.G.9 (volume of spheres).

Tom StinsonShaq, the Aristotle of Basketball

As Shaq holds up 2 basketballs, he is thinking: how big are basketballs anyways? Aligns with Common Core Math 8.G.9 (volume of spheres).

Tom StinsonBuild a Baseball Field (2)

The MLB commissioner has tasked you to build a baseball field. Where are the bases? Aligned with Common Core Math 8.G.7 (Pythagorean Theorem and unknown side lengths of right triangles).

Tom StinsonNBA and Pythagoras

Find out which all star player is closest to the basket. Aligned with Common Core Math 8.G.8 (apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system).

Tom StinsonBe Tom Brady's Architect

Use linear equations to figure out how much Tom Brady's new house would cost. Aligned with Common Core Math 8.F.4 (linear relationship between two quantities).

Tom StinsonNFL Stadiums and Selling Food

You have an internship at the NFL and your first task is to help them improve food sales at stadiums. Aligned with Common Core Math 8.F.4 (linear relationship between two quantities).

Tom StinsonNBA, Athlete Performance and Linear Equations (3)

Help figure out what keeps NBA athletes performing at a high level. Aligned with Common Core Math 8.F.4 (model a linear relationship between two quantities).

Tom StinsonNBA, Athlete Performance and Linear Equations (2)

Help figure out what keeps NBA athletes performing at a high level. Aligned with Common Core Math 8.F.4 (model a linear relationship between two quantities).

Tom StinsonMLB and Geometry - Who's closest to the ball? (2)

Find out which all star player is closest to the ball. Aligned with Common Core Math 5.G.2 (graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane).

Tom StinsonMLB and Geometry - Who's closest to the ball?

Find out which all star player is closest to the ball. Aligned with Common Core Math 5.G.2 (graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane).

Tom StinsonComparing Baseball Batting Averages (4)

Use real stats from baseball to practice writing decimals in expanded form. Aligned with Common Core Math 5.NBT.3 (read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths).

Tom StinsonComparing Baseball Batting Averages (2)

Use real stats from baseball to practice comparing decimals. Aligned with Common Core Math 5.NBT.3 (read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths).

Tom StinsonLeBron and his milkshakes

This time, LeBron wants milkshakes for his teammates. Work out the math. Aligned with Common Core Math 5.OA.1 (use parentheses) and 5.OA.2 (write simple expressions without evaluating them).

Tom StinsonWilliams sisters - Who wins more often?

Let's look at head-to-head matchups between Serena and Venus Williams. Aligned with Common Core Math 7.RP.3 (proportional relationships).

Tom StinsonNFL and Linear Equations (2)

Get smart about Super Bowl 2013 stats. Aligned with Common Core Math 7.EE.4 (linear equations) and 7.NS.3 (real world problem involving 4 operations).

Tom StinsonNFL and Linear Equations

Get smart about Super Bowl 2013 stats. Aligned with Common Core Math 7.EE.4 (linear equations) and 7.NS.3 (real world problem involving 4 operations).

Tom StinsonTruth Behind Baseball Stats (2)

Which stats tell the real story about a baseball player's skills? Aligns with Common Core Math 7.RP.2 (proportional relationships) and 7.EE.3 (solving algebraic equations in real life settings).

Tom StinsonTruth Behind Baseball Stats

Which stats tell the real story about a baseball player's skills? Aligns with Common Core Math 7.RP.2 (proportional relationships) and 7.EE.3 (solving algebraic equations in real life settings).

Tom StinsonMiguel Cabrera and batting 359

Know the Math of batting averages in baseball. Aligns with Common Core Math 7.RP.3 (use percentages) and 7.EE.3 (solving algebraic equations in real life settings).

Tom StinsonNBA and Geometry (2)

When LeBron and Kobe play 1-on-1 at a much smaller basketball court, the pressure is intense. Aligned with Common Core Math 6.RP.3 (ratio in a real world setting).

Tom StinsonMinions and a Banana Party (2)

Not all minions eat an equal number of bananas. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.2 (distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison).

Tom StinsonMinions and a Banana Party

Minions learn to share bananas equally. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.3 (multistep with remainder).

Tom StinsonMonsters University - Reading Together (2)

Professor Knight has assigned a group reading. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.3 (multistep with remainder) and 4.OA.4 (factors).

Tom StinsonMonsters University - We Like Cake (2)

Math isn't as scary as monsters after all. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.4 (factors).

Tom StinsonMonsters University - We Like Cake

Math isn't as scary as monsters after all. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.NF.3 (understanding fractions).

Tom StinsonTim Duncan, the Spurs and their Stats Sheet

Using real data from Game 6 of the NBA Finals 2013, let's fill out some stats. Aligned with Common Core Math 4.OA.3 (multistep word problems) and 4.NF.4 (multiply fraction by whole number).

Tom StinsonPSY, Britney and Ellen party together

How many party buses are needed? Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.3 (multistep word problems involving division where the remainder must be interpreted).

Tom StinsonMiguel Cabrera and More Home Runs

Check out Miguel Cabrera's home run numbers. Aligns with Common Core Math 4.OA.2 (multiplicative comparison).

Tom StinsonMath isn't Scary (2)

Math isn't as scary as monsters after all. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.NBT.1 (place value understanding).

Tom StinsonCount Gru's Minions (2)

Help Gru count his minions and practice your multiplication skills. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.NBT.3.

Tom StinsonPSY and Gangnam Horses (2)

PSY has a stable in Gangnam! Practice your multiplication skills. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.NBT.3.

Tom StinsonPSY and Gangnam Horses

PSY has a stable in Gangnam! Test your multiplication skills. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.NBT.3.

Tom StinsonCongress and Rounding

Find out how many members there are in Congress. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.NBT.1 (round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100).

Tom StinsonMinecraft - I want a Watermelon

Use your math skills to trade for a watermelon in Minecraft. Aligned with Common Core Math 3.OA.3.

Tom StinsonMinecraft - Cactus Farm

You're building a Cactus Farm in Minecraft! Test your multiplication skills. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.OA.3.

Tom StinsonPeyton Manning - on a hot streak

Figure out stats about Peyton Manning's hot streak. Aligns with Common Core Math 3.OA.6 (unknown factor problem).

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