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Title: Wonder Number Line
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This lesson allows students to become familiar with a number line. Students can explore a number line and develop knowledge of numerical concepts. While it covers a 6th grade standard, this lesson can be used as part of a 7th or 8th grade lesson on integers.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 9: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates. [6NS6]
Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Wonder Number Line
Description: This lesson allows students to become familiar with a number line. Students can explore a number line and develop knowledge of numerical concepts. While it covers a 6th grade standard, this lesson can be used as part of a 7th or 8th grade lesson on integers.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Let's Go Fishing for Positive and Negative Integers using the Coordinate Plane!
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This lesson will actively engage students in a fishing tournament that uses ordered pairs to catch fish. As students begin to catch the hidden fish, they will find a relationship between the integers in the ordered pairs. By identifying the coordinates of a point on the Cartesian plane, students will earn points by catching minnows, mackerel, red snapper, or sharks. Extension activities include Interactive games, board games, and videos. Your students will have fun listening to a fishing song.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 9: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates. [6NS6]
Subject: Mathematics (5  6)
Title: Let's Go Fishing for Positive and Negative Integers using the Coordinate Plane!
Description: This lesson will actively engage students in a fishing tournament that uses ordered pairs to catch fish. As students begin to catch the hidden fish, they will find a relationship between the integers in the ordered pairs. By identifying the coordinates of a point on the Cartesian plane, students will earn points by catching minnows, mackerel, red snapper, or sharks. Extension activities include Interactive games, board games, and videos. Your students will have fun listening to a fishing song.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Positively F.U.N. ! (fantastic, unique, and noteworthy) ways to idenitfy and add positive and negative integers)
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This lesson will actively engage students to identify and add positive and negative integers. In cooperative groups, students will discuss everyday vocabulary that will activate students' existing background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will integrate new information with prior knowledge.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 5: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. [7NS2]
Subject: Mathematics (6  7)
Title: Positively F.U.N. ! (fantastic, unique, and noteworthy) ways to idenitfy and add positive and negative integers)
Description: This lesson will actively engage students to identify and add positive and negative integers. In cooperative groups, students will discuss everyday vocabulary that will activate students' existing background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will integrate new information with prior knowledge.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: A Day at a Theme Park (Mathematics, 6th grade, Coordinate grid)
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Rationale: The sixth grade curriculum and state standards require the students to understand the coordinate grid, quadrants, etc. This lesson allows the students to apply their knowledge of the coordinate grid, coordinates, and plotting points all while developing technological skills. The lesson also permits the students to create a coordinate grid and plot points on the x and y axis using a map of a theme park.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3]
Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: A Day at a Theme Park (Mathematics, 6th grade, Coordinate grid)
Description: Rationale: The sixth grade curriculum and state standards require the students to understand the coordinate grid, quadrants, etc. This lesson allows the students to apply their knowledge of the coordinate grid, coordinates, and plotting points all while developing technological skills. The lesson also permits the students to create a coordinate grid and plot points on the x and y axis using a map of a theme park.
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Title: Graphing Fun
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In this handson project, students have the opportunity to survey their classmates to find information that is meaningful to them. Then students will construct graphs using computer software. Students will analyze their information and discover the overall results of class favorites.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3]
Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Graphing Fun
Description: In this handson project, students have the opportunity to survey their classmates to find information that is meaningful to them. Then students will construct graphs using computer software. Students will analyze their information and discover the overall results of class favorites.
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Title: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
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This lesson provides students with a handson, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Subject: Mathematics (6  8), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
Description: This lesson provides students with a handson, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.
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Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
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Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 11: Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. [7G1]
Subject: Mathematics (6  7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Trading and Tracking Stock Portfolios Online
Description: Student teams will trade stocks and track the progress of their Alabama Stock Market Simulation portfolio by using spreadsheet software and the Internet. They will relate the information to a previous social studies unit on economics and will be utilizing math concepts they have learned. The Internet will be used to research stock trends.
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Title: Food Fit for a King?
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During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to interpret and create bar graphs to compare the nutritional values of fast food. Students will learn many skills during this lesson that will help them create graphs independently. The Internet will serve as a reference to help them learn to create graphs using a spreadsheet program.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 11: Solve realworld and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. [6NS8]
Subject: Mathematics (6), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Food Fit for a King?
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to interpret and create bar graphs to compare the nutritional values of fast food. Students will learn many skills during this lesson that will help them create graphs independently. The Internet will serve as a reference to help them learn to create graphs using a spreadsheet program.
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Title: Power Up Game
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This printable sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features directions and game piece templates for a card game in which students add positive and negative battery voltages to get the voltage sum.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 9: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates. [6NS6]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Power Up Game
Description: This printable sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features directions and game piece templates for a card game in which students add positive and negative battery voltages to get the voltage sum. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Airport Numbers
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in realworld situations. These activities use an airport theme to investigate numbers. Students are encouraged to relate the numbers to familiar situations. For example, they use the dimensions of the classroom to describe an airplane.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 19: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the
Grades 68 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RI.8.10]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Airport Numbers
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in realworld situations. These activities use an airport theme to investigate numbers. Students are encouraged to relate the numbers to familiar situations. For example, they use the dimensions of the classroom to describe an airplane. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Multiplying Integers Using Videotape
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In this Illuminations lesson, students experience beginning algebra concepts through discussion, exploration, and videotaping. The concept of multiplication of integers is presented in a format that encourages understanding, rather than simply rote memorization of facts.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 6: Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers. (Computations with rational numbers extend the rules for manipulating fractions to complex fractions.) [7NS3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Multiplying Integers Using Videotape
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students experience beginning algebra concepts through discussion, exploration, and videotaping. The concept of multiplication of integers is presented in a format that encourages understanding, rather than simply rote memorization of facts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Interactive Integers
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Interactive Integers  Addition and Subtraction Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactiveintegers.../id461996605?mt=8 Standard(s):
[MA2015] (7) 4: Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram. [7NS1] Digital Tool Description: This iPad app helps students visually understand integer addition and subtraction by manipulating an interactive number line and color tile model. This is a paid app.
Title: Interactive Integers Digital Tool: Interactive Integers  Addition and Subtraction Digital Tool Description: This iPad app helps students visually understand integer addition and subtraction by manipulating an interactive number line and color tile model. This is a paid app.
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Title: Hoppin' on the Number Line
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Numberline Frog: Hoppin' Below Zero! Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numberlinefroghoppinbelow/id416429269?mt=8 Standard(s):
[MA2015] (7) 5: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. [7NS2] Digital Tool Description: This paid iPad app has an interactive number line and cartoon frog that allows students to practice adding and subtracting integers on a number line. It is self checking so students get instant results on their progress.
Title: Hoppin' on the Number Line Digital Tool: Numberline Frog: Hoppin' Below Zero! Digital Tool Description: This paid iPad app has an interactive number line and cartoon frog that allows students to practice adding and subtracting integers on a number line. It is self checking so students get instant results on their progress.
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Title: ALGEBURST BEJEWELED
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ALGEBURST iPad App Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/algeburstlite/id567739842?mt=8 Standard(s):
[MA2015] (7) 5: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. [7NS2] Digital Tool Description: ALGEBURST Lite is a free game that improves mental math skills. It helps to simplify numeric and algebraic expressions. Play against the clock or at one's own pace to match tiles, explode bombs, and use Starburst and hypercubes to achieve a 3star rating. Take on periodic challenges to improve accuracy and overall rating.
Title: ALGEBURST BEJEWELED Digital Tool: ALGEBURST iPad App Digital Tool Description: ALGEBURST Lite is a free game that improves mental math skills. It helps to simplify numeric and algebraic expressions. Play against the clock or at one's own pace to match tiles, explode bombs, and use Starburst and hypercubes to achieve a 3star rating. Take on periodic challenges to improve accuracy and overall rating.
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Title: Percents 3: Percent Equations
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with percents. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of solving percent equations. The lesson also covers amount, base, and percent using the translation method. The podcast can be used as a lesson or as a supplement to a lesson. A suggestion would be to stop the lesson as it goes along and allow the students to work problems out themselves. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (7) 9: Solve multistep reallife and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form, convert between forms as appropriate, and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. [7EE3]
Percents 3: Percent Equations Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with percents. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of solving percent equations. The lesson also covers amount, base, and percent using the translation method. The podcast can be used as a lesson or as a supplement to a lesson. A suggestion would be to stop the lesson as it goes along and allow the students to work problems out themselves.
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Title: What Is Infinity?
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What is the last digit of pi? How far away is the end of the universe? Explore these questions and more in today's Wonder of the Day!
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 9: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates. [6NS6]
Subject: CrossDisciplinary  Informal Education , Physical Education  Outdoor Education , Science  Biological and Life Sciences , Science  Zoology , Informal Education  Academic Enrichment , Informal Education  Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education Title: What Is Infinity?
Description: What is the last digit of pi? How far away is the end of the universe? Explore these questions and more in today's Wonder of the Day! Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: What Is Infinity?
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What is the last digit of pi? How far away is the end of the universe? Explore these questions and more in today's Wonder of the Day!
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 9: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates. [6NS6]
Subject: CrossDisciplinary  Informal Education , Physical Education  Outdoor Education , Science  Biological and Life Sciences , Science  Zoology , Informal Education  Academic Enrichment , Informal Education  Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education Title: What Is Infinity?
Description: What is the last digit of pi? How far away is the end of the universe? Explore these questions and more in today's Wonder of the Day! Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5
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Title: Dynamic Paper Tool
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Create customized activity sheets for your classroom! Nets of 3D shapes, tessellations, coordinate graphs, and more  all based on your input.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 24: Represent threedimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Dynamic Paper Tool
Description: Create customized activity sheets for your classroom! Nets of 3D shapes, tessellations, coordinate graphs, and more  all based on your input. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Volt Meter
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This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to learn about positive and negative numbers by exploring the voltage of batteries.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 5: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. [7NS2]
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Volt Meter
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to learn about positive and negative numbers by exploring the voltage of batteries. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12

