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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Factorials: Let's have a Dinner Party!
Description: In collaborate groups of four, students will act out a dinner party where four dinner guests will attend. The students must act out the different ways to arrange four dinner guests.  This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Science (6)
Title: Is My Vari"able" to Stand?
Description: This cross-curricular lesson is designed to require students to apply algebra to a real-world, natural disaster situation. Students will be asked to design a tree house including a ladder.  Students will set up an algebraic equation and solve for the variable. Will their treehouse be able to withstand a "jelloquake"? Students will test the strength of their treehouse and ladder in science class. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: What did you say?  Translating from verbal to algebraic.
Description: Students will learn about translating between verbal and algebraic expressions via game play and possibly working on an interactive web site.  The four steps to explicit instruction (I do, we do, y'all do, and you do) are labeled in the procedures section.


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Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: The Pattern of Graphing Linear Equations 
Description: The students will extend the knowledge of algebraic expressions from geometric representations and ultimately graph linear equations with understanding.  The students will also develop a better understanding of algebraic expressions by comparing with geometric, tabular, and graphical representations.  Students may also acquire a deeper understanding of independent and dependent variables.


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Subject: Mathematics (4 - 6)
Title: My Favorite Number
Description: The activity allows students to review many of the number theory concepts.  Students will pick a composite number write verbal expressions about the number, find the factors, prime factorization, list multiples, draw a cartoon character of the number, and write a word problem.  The purpose of this activity is to be a review of the number theory topics taught during middle school.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: On Fire     
Description: This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, introduces the components of a fire-safe and fire-wise environment. Students create a fire-wise location through calculations and measurement of percent slope, defensible space distance and various vegetation separation distances. The unit plan culminates with students designing a fire-wise property and testing their fire-wise IQ.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Counting Embedded Figures     
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students look for patterns in an embedded-square problem. After looking at the patterns, students form generalizations for the pattern. This activity sharpens students algebraic thinking and visualization skills.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Graphing What      
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, is used by students to record independent and dependent variables as well as the function and symbolic function rule for a set of graphs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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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Math Makes a Connection: The Locker Problem
http://connectedmath...
In this interactive game, students use their knowledge of multiples to solve a locker problem. Students will manually open or close a locker by clicking on the lockers. They must answer the following question: Which of the 1000 locker doors are open when every student finishes?

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