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Title: Becoming a Wise Consumer: Comparison Shopping
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In this introductory lesson to money management for teens, students will use everyday math skills to comparison shop a variety of products. Students will learn several ways to save money, including using store discounts, coupons, and unit pricing to determine the better deal. This is Part I of a series on becoming a wise consumer.
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]
Subject: Human Services (7  8), or Mathematics (7)
Title: Becoming a Wise Consumer: Comparison Shopping
Description: In this introductory lesson to money management for teens, students will use everyday math skills to comparison shop a variety of products. Students will learn several ways to save money, including using store discounts, coupons, and unit pricing to determine the better deal. This is Part I of a series on becoming a wise consumer.
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Title: Credit Cards Are "Interest"ing
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Students will create a credit card, focusing on appealing terms and slogan. They will use their credit card to go on a shopping spree. The students will receive a "BILL" to discover/discuss the effects/application of simple interest.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (7) 30: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (oneonone, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on Grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.7.1]
Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (7)
Title: Credit Cards Are "Interest"ing
Description: Students will create a credit card, focusing on appealing terms and slogan. They will use their credit card to go on a shopping spree. The students will receive a "BILL" to discover/discuss the effects/application of simple interest.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU 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: Making Your First Million
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students attempt to identify the concept of a million by working with smaller numerical units, such as blocks of 10 or 100, and then expanding the idea by multiplication or repeated addition until a million is reached. Additionally, they use critical thinking to analyze situations and to identify mathematical patterns that enable them to develop the concept of very large numbers.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 6: Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology. [8EE4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Making Your First Million
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students attempt to identify the concept of a million by working with smaller numerical units, such as blocks of 10 or 100, and then expanding the idea by multiplication or repeated addition until a million is reached. Additionally, they use critical thinking to analyze situations and to identify mathematical patterns that enable them to develop the concept of very large numbers. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Birthdays and the Binary System: Exploring Binary Numbers in a RealWorld Application
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This lesson, from Illuminations, revolves around patterns and place value in the binary system. Students are drawn into mathematics by the magical ability to guess an unknown number and by the use of birthdays.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 18: Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated samples) of the same size to gauge the variation in estimates or predictions. [7SP2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Birthdays and the Binary System: Exploring Binary Numbers in a RealWorld Application
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, revolves around patterns and place value in the binary system. Students are drawn into mathematics by the magical ability to guess an unknown number and by the use of birthdays. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: How Could That Happen?
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students are challenged to generate election results using number sense and other mathematical skills. Students are also given the opportunity to explore the mathematical questions in a politically challenging context.
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]
Subject: Mathematics Title: How Could That Happen?
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students are challenged to generate election results using number sense and other mathematical skills. Students are also given the opportunity to explore the mathematical questions in a politically challenging context. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Travel in the Solar System: Lesson 2
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students consider the amount of time that space travelers need to travel to the four terrestrial planets. Students also think about what kinds of events might occur on Earth while the space travelers are on their journey.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 7: Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. [8EE5]
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Travel in the Solar System: Lesson 2
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students consider the amount of time that space travelers need to travel to the four terrestrial planets. Students also think about what kinds of events might occur on Earth while the space travelers are on their journey. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Shopping Mall Math
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In this twolesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they develop number sense in and around the shopping mall. Two gradelevel activities deal with size and space, estimation, measurement and applications involving percent.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (7) 18: Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated samples) of the same size to gauge the variation in estimates or predictions. [7SP2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Shopping Mall Math
Description: In this twolesson unit, from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they develop number sense in and around the shopping mall. Two gradelevel activities deal with size and space, estimation, measurement and applications involving percent. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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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: 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: Balancing Equations
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Solving Equations Web Address URL:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solvingequations/id522498600?mt=8 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 app contains a narrated lesson, virtual scale you can use to manipulate an equation, self checking practice questions, and a self checking challenge that allows the student to check his/her progress.
Title: Balancing Equations Digital Tool: Solving Equations Digital Tool Description: This app contains a narrated lesson, virtual scale you can use to manipulate an equation, self checking practice questions, and a self checking challenge that allows the student to check his/her progress.
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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: 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 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.

