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Title: Questioning NASA
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In this lesson students will work collaboratively to explore the "Big Question" that led up to this lesson was "Why are there two solid rocket boosters used to launch the space shuttle instead of one with the same amount of fuel?"
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [S1] (5) 6: Compare effects of gravitational force on Earth, on the moon, and within space. [TC2] (68) 5: Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. [MA2013] (4) 8: Use place value understanding to round multidigit whole numbers to any place. [4NBT3] [MA2013] (5) 14: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction. [5NF4] [MA2013] (6) 10: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. [6NS7] [MA2013] (7) 17: Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences. [7SP1] [MA2013] (7) 18: Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated samples) of the same size to gauge the variation in estimates or predictions. [7SP2]
Subject: Mathematics (4  7), or Science (5), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Questioning NASA
Description: In this lesson students will work collaboratively to explore the "Big Question" that led up to this lesson was "Why are there two solid rocket boosters used to launch the space shuttle instead of one with the same amount of fuel?"
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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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): [TC2] (68) 5: Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. [TC2] (68) 6: Select specific digital tools for completing curriculumrelated tasks. [TC2] (68) 13: Use digital tools to formulate solutions to authentic problems. [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (6) 10: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. [6NS7] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (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: 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): [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (6) 10: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. [6NS7] [MA2013] (6) 28: Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots. [6SP4] [ELA2013] (6) 11: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RI.6.1] [ELA2013] (6) 14: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings. [RI.6.4] [ELA2013] (6) 17: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. [RI.6.7] [ELA2013] (6) 20: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the Grades 68 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.6.10] [ELA2013] (7) 10: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RI.7.1] [ELA2013] (7) 13: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. [RI.7.4] [ELA2013] (7) 19: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the Grades 68 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.7.10] [ELA2013] (8) 10: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RI.8.1] [ELA2013] (8) 13: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. [RI.8.4] [ELA2013] (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: ALGEBURST BEJEWELED
Digital Tool:
ALGEBURST iPad App Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/algeburstlite/id567739842?mt=8 Standard(s):
[MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (6) 10: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. [6NS7] [MA2013] (6) 16: Understand solving an equation or inequality as a process of answering a question: which values from a specified set, if any, make the equation or inequality true? Use substitution to determine whether a given number in a specified set makes an equation or inequality true. [6EE5] [MA2013] (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: Absolute Value Millionaire Game
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In this game students will practice solving absolute value equations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 10: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. [6NS7] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 23: Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.* [AREI11]
Absolute Value Millionaire Game
http://www.mathplay...
In this game students will practice solving absolute value equations.

