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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Michael Phelps.... or not?
Description: This lesson is created to have students compare themselves to Michael Phelps and the features that make him such a good swimmer. Students will measure their height and arm span and graph them on a coordinate graph. Students will then compare their height and arm span to their classmates' to see who might be the best swimmer in the class! This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12)
Title: Human slope
Description: Students will participate in this discovery activity intended for them to uncover the role each variable plays in the graph of a line in the form y = mx + b. Students will actually demonstrate lines in slope intercept form on a life size graph. They will compare different graphs to see what effect adding negative signs and coefficients to the variables have on the graph. They will also analysis what happens to the graph when a constant is added or subtracted from the variable.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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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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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Graphing Fun
Description: In this hands-on 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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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 hands-on, 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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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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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.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Do We Have Different Time Zones?     
Description: When the sun is shining on one half of the Earth, it's nighttime on the other half. If you have ever wondered why clocks are set to different times in different places, check out today's video to see the difference between night and day. After you're finished, visit the Wonder of the Day to get in the zone and read up on the science behind time zones.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Math in Special Effects
http://www.thirteen....
Jeremy Chernick from J&M Special Effects discusses how he ended up creating effects as a career, then introduces a challenge about the algebra behind lighting high-speed effects like explosions.

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Absolute Value Millionaire Game
http://www.math-play...
In this game students will practice solving absolute value equations.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Do We Have Different Time Zones?     
Description: When the sun is shining on one half of the Earth, it's nighttime on the other half. If you have ever wondered why clocks are set to different times in different places, check out today's video to see the difference between night and day. After you're finished, visit the Wonder of the Day to get in the zone and read up on the science behind time zones.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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