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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: Classifying Numbers
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use Venn diagrams to organize information about numbers. Using the Product Game board, students look for relationships and characteristics of numbers to determine what numbers belong to a descriptor and what numbers belong to more than one descriptor.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 7: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. [7EE1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Classifying Numbers
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use Venn diagrams to organize information about numbers. Using the Product Game board, students look for relationships and characteristics of numbers to determine what numbers belong to a descriptor and what numbers belong to more than one descriptor. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Playing the Product Game
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn the rules of and play the Product Game. In this game, players start with a set of given factors and then multiply to find the product. Students create their own game boards and develop strategies for winning the game.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 7: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. [7EE1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Playing the Product Game
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn the rules of and play the Product Game. In this game, players start with a set of given factors and then multiply to find the product. Students create their own game boards and develop strategies for winning the game. 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: 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: 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: Factor Game
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This interactive game, from Illuminations, allows students to exercise their factoring ability. They can play against a friend or the computer as they take turns choosing a number and identifying all of its factors.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 7: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. [7EE1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Factor Game
Description: This interactive game, from Illuminations, allows students to exercise their factoring ability. They can play against a friend or the computer as they take turns choosing a number and identifying all of its factors. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8

