"Lake Tahoe has risen 12 inches in just the last two weeks as the storms have dumped 33.6 billion gallons of water into the massive landmark, which measures 72 miles around and has a capacity for 37 trillion gallons of water."
Second thought: Hmmm, I wonder if I can do something with this.
Moving over to Desmos, I put something together in Activity Builder. It took me about 45 minutes to create, most of the time being spent on how to make it work in a classroom. The hard part, though, was getting it to be an activity I was actually proud of. Like most things I create, I put it onto Twitter for feedback and got this:
If you see hope in the activity, let me know. Otherwise, this is one of those blog posts where I'm sharing the mess. These things happen. If you blog, share your own messes as well; it humanizes what we do.
Also, it is worth noting how difficult it is to create engaging math tasks that involve current events. We take Mathalicious for granted, which is easy to do, but they deserve a ton of credit for the breadth and depth of work they have put together so that we, the educators, don't have to go through what I'm experiencing right now.
Chelsea nails it.