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Title: What's the Difference? Subtracting Integers
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In Cooperative/Collaborative groups, this lesson will actively engage students to subtract positive and negative integers. An "Essential Question" will be used to activate background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will play board games, use the Internet to play interactive games, and watch videos about subtracting integers.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: What's the Difference? Subtracting Integers
Description: In Cooperative/Collaborative groups, this lesson will actively engage students to subtract positive and negative integers. An "Essential Question" will be used to activate background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will play board games, use the Internet to play interactive games, and watch videos about subtracting integers.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Are You INTERESTed?
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In this lesson, students will explore simple interest through the use of studying loans and savings accounts. The students will generate the formula I=P x r x t to calculate simple interest on loans. Students will become familiar with "positive" and "negative" effects interest has on reallife applications.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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]
Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: Are You INTERESTed?
Description: In this lesson, students will explore simple interest through the use of studying loans and savings accounts. The students will generate the formula I=P x r x t to calculate simple interest on loans. Students will become familiar with "positive" and "negative" effects interest has on reallife applications.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: New York with $1200
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!
Standard(s): [SS2010] CIV (7) 9: Apply principles of money management to the preparation of a personal budget that addresses housing, transportation, food, clothing, medical expenses, insurance, checking and savings accounts, loans, investments, credit, and comparison shopping.
Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!
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Title: Modeling and Adding Integers Using Numbers Lines and Counters
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The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to add integers and apply this lesson to real life situations. In this lesson students will model and add integers using number lines and counters through the use of technologybased resources. Handson activities and class discussions will enhance and reinforce the objectives.
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 (7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Modeling and Adding Integers Using Numbers Lines and Counters
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to add integers and apply this lesson to real life situations. In this lesson students will model and add integers using number lines and counters through the use of technologybased resources. Handson activities and class discussions will enhance and reinforce the objectives.
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Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
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This lesson is a technologybased activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.
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 (6  7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technologybased activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.
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Title: Investigating Integers
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Students will create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate their understanding of integers. Within this presentation they will include information on how to compare and order integers and how to add and subtract integers by writing about situations where they may encounter integers. Additionally, they will create a word problem with a solution that reflects their understanding of adding or subtracting negative and positive integers.
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 (7), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Investigating Integers
Description: Students will create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate their understanding of integers. Within this presentation they will include information on how to compare and order integers and how to add and subtract integers by writing about situations where they may encounter integers. Additionally, they will create a word problem with a solution that reflects their understanding of adding or subtracting negative and positive integers.
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Title: Too Big or Too Small?
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the following concepts: the magnitude of a million, fractions between 0 and 1, and the effect of decimal operations. The activities in this lesson help them develop number sense.
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 Title: Too Big or Too Small?
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the following concepts: the magnitude of a million, fractions between 0 and 1, and the effect of decimal operations. The activities in this lesson help them develop number sense. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Power Up
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In this Illuminations lesson, students get a real feel of the meaning of negative and positive numbers using old batteries and a voltage sensor. Students explore addition of signed numbers by placing batteries end to end and calculate the sum of the batteries voltages. There are links to an online interactive and activity sheet.
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]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Power Up
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students get a real feel of the meaning of negative and positive numbers using old batteries and a voltage sensor. Students explore addition of signed numbers by placing batteries end to end and calculate the sum of the batteries voltages. There are links to an online interactive and activity sheet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Magic Squares
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This lesson, from Illuminations, explores magic squares from both a historical and mathematical perspective. Students explore symbolic algebraic representation of patterns, complete a magic squares activity sheet, use operations and integers to solve problems, and analyze and represent patterns with symbolic rules. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
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 Title: Magic Squares
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, explores magic squares from both a historical and mathematical perspective. Students explore symbolic algebraic representation of patterns, complete a magic squares activity sheet, use operations and integers to solve problems, and analyze and represent patterns with symbolic rules. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Adding & Subtracting Integers
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Integer Addition & Subtraction Music Video Web Address URL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2IW9FolSnc 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] Digital Tool Description: This video has a catchy beat that allows the students to remember the rules of integers more effectively. I saw my students still singing this song at the end of the year during the state test to be able to work integer operations correctly.
Title: Adding & Subtracting Integers Digital Tool: Integer Addition & Subtraction Music Video Digital Tool Description: This video has a catchy beat that allows the students to remember the rules of integers more effectively. I saw my students still singing this song at the end of the year during the state test to be able to work integer operations correctly.
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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: Ten Marks Personalized Math
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http://www.tenmarks.com/ 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] Digital Tool Description: Ten Marks provides multiple choice questions for students in 2nd grade through Geometry. With a minimum of ten math subtopics per grade level, this tool can be used as an whole group or individual. The teacher manages the assignments and is able to view individualized reports. Students are guided through questions and have on screen access to audio/video instruction. When the assignment is complete, students receive immediate feedback and explanations for review. Access is available 24 hours/day, seven days per week.
Title: Ten Marks Personalized Math Digital Tool: Ten Marks Digital Tool Description: Ten Marks provides multiple choice questions for students in 2nd grade through Geometry. With a minimum of ten math subtopics per grade level, this tool can be used as an whole group or individual. The teacher manages the assignments and is able to view individualized reports. Students are guided through questions and have on screen access to audio/video instruction. When the assignment is complete, students receive immediate feedback and explanations for review. Access is available 24 hours/day, seven days per week.
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Title: Order of Operations Song
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This podcast is a song that helps middle school students to review the review of operations. Each sentence within the song is a stepbystep process in how to solve a specific order of operations problem. Standard(s):
[MA2015] (7) 7: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. [7EE1]
Order of Operations Song Overview: This podcast is a song that helps middle school students to review the review of operations. Each sentence within the song is a stepbystep process in how to solve a specific order of operations problem.
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Title: Percents 4: Percent Word Problems
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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 word problems using percent. The lesson uses the bar method of solving (Singapore Math). 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) 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]
Percents 4: Percent Word Problems 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 word problems using percent. The lesson uses the bar method of solving (Singapore Math). 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: Friendly Fractions Part 6
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson proportions, equivalent proportions, and solving proportions. 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]
Friendly Fractions Part 6 Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson proportions, equivalent proportions, and solving proportions. 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: Percents 5: Percents & Money
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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 word problems including money and percents. The lesson uses the bar method to solve the problems. 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 5: Percents & Money 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 word problems including money and percents. The lesson uses the bar method to solve the problems. 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: Friendly Fractions part 3
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers adding and subtracting unlike fractions (unlike denominators). 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]
Friendly Fractions part 3 Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers adding and subtracting unlike fractions (unlike denominators). 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: Friendly Fractions part 4
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson covers multiplying fractions including mixed numbers. 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]
Friendly Fractions part 4 Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson covers multiplying fractions including mixed numbers. 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: Friendly Fractions part 5
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson covers dividing fractions and mixed numbers using "keepchangeflip". 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]
Friendly Fractions part 5 Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson covers dividing fractions and mixed numbers using "keepchangeflip". 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: Percents 2: Percents and Decimals
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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 changing a percent to a decimal and vice versa. The lesson also covers percents from large whole numbers to decimal percents. 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) 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]
Percents 2: Percents and Decimals 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 changing a percent to a decimal and vice versa. The lesson also covers percents from large whole numbers to decimal percents. 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: 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: Friendly Fractions part 2
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers adding and subtracting like fractions (same denominator). 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]
Friendly Fractions part 2 Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers adding and subtracting like fractions (same denominator). 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: Friendly Fractions part 1
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This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers different types of fractions, how they are made, and how they are used. 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]
Friendly Fractions part 1 Overview: This podcast is part of a series on operations with fractions. Designed with the middle school student in mind, it is a refresher on the basics of fractions. The lesson also covers different types of fractions, how they are made, and how they are used. 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: Nim Games
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This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows players to challenge the computer in the games of Static Nim, Identity Nim, and Doubling and Tripling Nim. Nim is any type of '' take away game'' in which players alternately remove counters, and the player who takes the last counter wins. There are infinitely many versions of Nim.
Standard(s): [MA2015] DM1 (912) 1: Analyze topics from elementary number theory, including perfect numbers and prime numbers, to determine properties of integers. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Nim Games
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows players to challenge the computer in the games of Static Nim, Identity Nim, and Doubling and Tripling Nim. Nim is any type of '' take away game'' in which players alternately remove counters, and the player who takes the last counter wins. There are infinitely many versions of Nim. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Calculation Nation
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Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Standard(s): [MA2015] DM1 (912) 1: Analyze topics from elementary number theory, including perfect numbers and prime numbers, to determine properties of integers. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Calculation Nation
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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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

