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Title: Positively F.U.N. ! (fantastic, unique, and noteworthy) ways to idenitfy and add positive and negative integers)
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This lesson will actively engage students to identify and add positive and negative integers. In cooperative groups, students will discuss everyday vocabulary that will activate students' existing background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will integrate new information with prior knowledge.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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 (6  7)
Title: Positively F.U.N. ! (fantastic, unique, and noteworthy) ways to idenitfy and add positive and negative integers)
Description: This lesson will actively engage students to identify and add positive and negative integers. In cooperative groups, students will discuss everyday vocabulary that will activate students' existing background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will integrate new information with prior knowledge.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Calendar Fun Operations
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This activity is designed to help students evaluate numerical expressions by using order of operations. The students will be provided a calendar for the current month of the year. Students will then be provided with a worksheet that contains 30 expressions and a different symbol for each expression. The students will manually calculate each expression using order of operations. Once the numerical value has been discovered for each expression, the symbol next to the expression will be drawn on the calendar for that date. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2015] AL1 (912) 2: Rewrite expressions involving radicals and rational exponents using the properties of exponents. [NRN2]
Subject: Mathematics (7  12)
Title: Calendar Fun Operations
Description: This activity is designed to help students evaluate numerical expressions by using order of operations. The students will be provided a calendar for the current month of the year. Students will then be provided with a worksheet that contains 30 expressions and a different symbol for each expression. The students will manually calculate each expression using order of operations. Once the numerical value has been discovered for each expression, the symbol next to the expression will be drawn on the calendar for that date. 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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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: 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: Numbers and Language
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In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in realworld situations. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about numbers they find in familiar realworld situations. An emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (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: Numbers and Language
Description: In this fivelesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on the role of numbers and language in realworld situations. Students discuss, describe, read, and write about numbers they find in familiar realworld situations. An emphasis on using components of language helps students build a broader vocabulary of numbers than the traditional symbolic representation of numbers. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Multiplying Integers Using Videotape
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In this Illuminations lesson, students experience beginning algebra concepts through discussion, exploration, and videotaping. The concept of multiplication of integers is presented in a format that encourages understanding, rather than simply rote memorization of facts.
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 Title: Multiplying Integers Using Videotape
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students experience beginning algebra concepts through discussion, exploration, and videotaping. The concept of multiplication of integers is presented in a format that encourages understanding, rather than simply rote memorization of facts. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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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: Distributive Property with Variables
Digital Tool:
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: Hoppin' on the Number Line
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Numberline Frog: Hoppin' Below Zero! Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numberlinefroghoppinbelow/id416429269?mt=8 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: This paid iPad app has an interactive number line and cartoon frog that allows students to practice adding and subtracting integers on a number line. It is self checking so students get instant results on their progress.
Title: Hoppin' on the Number Line Digital Tool: Numberline Frog: Hoppin' Below Zero! Digital Tool Description: This paid iPad app has an interactive number line and cartoon frog that allows students to practice adding and subtracting integers on a number line. It is self checking so students get instant results on their progress.
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Title: ALGEBURST BEJEWELED
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ALGEBURST iPad App Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/algeburstlite/id567739842?mt=8 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: 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: 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 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 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 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: Fraction Models
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction.
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: Fraction Models
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, explores several representations for fractions using adjustable numerators and denominators. Students can see decimal and percent equivalents, as well as a model that represents each fraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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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

