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Title: Express Yourself with Patterns
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During this lesson, the students will use growing patterns to develop an algebraic expression with understanding. The students will also learn mathematical vocabulary with the use of the newly created expression.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 15: Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). [6EE4]
Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Express Yourself with Patterns
Description: During this lesson, the students will use growing patterns to develop an algebraic expression with understanding. The students will also learn mathematical vocabulary with the use of the newly created expression.
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Title: Order Among Chaos
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This lesson is designed to assist students not only in using the order of operations, but also experimenting with how grouping and ordering affects answers. In groups as teams, the students will compete while finding algebraic expressions using only the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, as well as all operations including exponents and grouping symbols, to find a desired integer result. To gain points, the value of each formed expression must be from the set of integers 125 or 1100 depending on time constraints. They should attempt to get an expression with each of the listed integers required. Modeled examples are embedded in the directions slide show so the students are instructed in the process of the competition.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 14: Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. [6EE3]
Subject: Mathematics (6  7)
Title: Order Among Chaos
Description: This lesson is designed to assist students not only in using the order of operations, but also experimenting with how grouping and ordering affects answers. In groups as teams, the students will compete while finding algebraic expressions using only the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, as well as all operations including exponents and grouping symbols, to find a desired integer result. To gain points, the value of each formed expression must be from the set of integers 125 or 1100 depending on time constraints. They should attempt to get an expression with each of the listed integers required. Modeled examples are embedded in the directions slide show so the students are instructed in the process of the competition.
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Title: Balancing Shapes
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students balance shapes using an interactive pan balance applet to study equality, essential to understanding algebra. Equivalent relationships are recognized when the pans balance, demonstrating the properties of equality.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 10: Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. [7EE4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Balancing Shapes
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students balance shapes using an interactive pan balance applet to study equality, essential to understanding algebra. Equivalent relationships are recognized when the pans balance, demonstrating the properties of equality. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Exploration of a Balance
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In this fourlesson unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum. This unit includes an individual activity for four different levels from grade 1 to grade 8.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 15: Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). [6EE4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Exploration of a Balance
Description: In this fourlesson unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum. This unit includes an individual activity for four different levels from grade 1 to grade 8. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Distributive Property with Variables
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IQ Learning Online Web Address URL:
http://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mgbh.math.ns.distprop/distributivepropertywithvariables/# 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: Distributive Property with Variables is an interactive video that demonstrates the distributive property to the students. It can serve as a great introduction to the topic.
Title: Distributive Property with Variables Digital Tool: IQ Learning Online Digital Tool Description: Distributive Property with Variables is an interactive video that demonstrates the distributive property to the students. It can serve as a great introduction to the topic.
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Title: Learning the Distributive Property with Angry Birds
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Edpuzzle: Distributive Property Angry Birds Web Address URL:
https://edpuzzle.com/media/5601aa17adde1f357b9d7d97 Standard(s):
[MA2015] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7] Digital Tool Description: Edpuzzle is an interactive tool that demonstrates or shows students how to complete a task or to see how a task is performed in several different subjects. This video teaches students by the use of animations how to solve equations.
Title: Learning the Distributive Property with Angry Birds Digital Tool: Edpuzzle: Distributive Property Angry Birds Digital Tool Description: Edpuzzle is an interactive tool that demonstrates or shows students how to complete a task or to see how a task is performed in several different subjects. This video teaches students by the use of animations how to solve equations.
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Title: Talk or Text (Systems of Equations)
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In this lesson, students compare different costs associated with two cell phone plans. They write equations with 2 variables and graph to find the solution of the system of equations. They then analyze the meaning of the graph and discuss other factors involved in choosing a cell phone plan.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 14: Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. Determine the rate of change and initial value of the function from a description of a relationship or from two (x,y) values, including reading these from a table or from a graph. Interpret the rate of change and initial value of linear function in terms of the situation it models and in terms of its graph or a table of values. [8F4]
Talk or Text (Systems of Equations)
http://illuminations...
In this lesson, students compare different costs associated with two cell phone plans. They write equations with 2 variables and graph to find the solution of the system of equations. They then analyze the meaning of the graph and discuss other factors involved in choosing a cell phone plan.
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Title: The Distributive Property
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This webpage provides information about the distributive property, as well as a video lesson.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 14: Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. [6EE3]
The Distributive Property
http://www.mathplane...
This webpage provides information about the distributive property, as well as a video lesson.
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Title: The Distributive Property
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This webpage provides information about the distributive property, as well as a video lesson.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 14: Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. [6EE3]
The Distributive Property
http://www.mathplane...
This webpage provides information about the distributive property, as well as a video lesson.
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Title: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally As She Makes the Number 24
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The students get 4 numbers presented on a number card. With these numbers and an interactive calculator, students try to compute the number 24. Students use order of operations to solve a numerical expression that equal 24.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (6) 15: Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). [6EE4]
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally As She Makes the Number 24
http://www.fisme.sci...
The students get 4 numbers presented on a number card. With these numbers and an interactive calculator, students try to compute the number 24. Students use order of operations to solve a numerical expression that equal 24.
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Title: Virtual Balance Beam: Linear Equations
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The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives has created a virtual manipulative that allows students to solve linear equations through the use of a balance beam. Unit blocks represent numbers and X boxes represent the unknown X. The manipulatives are placed on the pans of a balance beam. Once the beam balances to represent the given linear equation, the student can choose to perform any operation, as long as the student does the same thing to both sides, thus keeping the beam balanced.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 7: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. [7EE1]
Virtual Balance Beam: Linear Equations
http://nlvm.usu.edu/...
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives has created a virtual manipulative that allows students to solve linear equations through the use of a balance beam. Unit blocks represent numbers and X boxes represent the unknown X. The manipulatives are placed on the pans of a balance beam. Once the beam balances to represent the given linear equation, the student can choose to perform any operation, as long as the student does the same thing to both sides, thus keeping the beam balanced.
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Title: Pan Balance  Expressions
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This interactive pan balance, from Illuminations, allows students to enter and compare numeric or algebraic expressions. They can '' weigh'' the expressions they want to compare by entering them on either side of the balance, allowing them to practice arithmetic and algebraic skills, as well as to investigate the concept of equivalence.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 12: Compare properties of two functions, each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). [8F2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pan Balance  Expressions
Description: This interactive pan balance, from Illuminations, allows students to enter and compare numeric or algebraic expressions. They can '' weigh'' the expressions they want to compare by entering them on either side of the balance, allowing them to practice arithmetic and algebraic skills, as well as to investigate the concept of equivalence. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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