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Title: Inequalities: Solving and Graphing
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The students will extend their knowledge from solving equalities to solving inequalities. They will also learn to graph the solutions of inequalities.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 10: Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. [7EE4]
Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: Inequalities: Solving and Graphing
Description: The students will extend their knowledge from solving equalities to solving inequalities. They will also learn to graph the solutions of inequalities.
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Title: It's Around There Somewhere! Perimeter, and Circumference
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The purpose of this lesson is to review the concepts of perimeter, and circumference.Students will also use their knowledge to apply perimeter, and circumference formulas within practical applications such as in spatial design.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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Subject: Mathematics (7  12)
Title: It's Around There Somewhere! Perimeter, and Circumference
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to review the concepts of perimeter, and circumference.Students will also use their knowledge to apply perimeter, and circumference formulas within practical applications such as in spatial design.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: 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: Balancing Shapes
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students balance shapes using an interactive pan balance applet to study equality, essential to understanding algebra. Equivalent relationships are recognized when the pans balance, demonstrating the properties of equality.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 10: Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. [7EE4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Balancing Shapes
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students balance shapes using an interactive pan balance applet to study equality, essential to understanding algebra. Equivalent relationships are recognized when the pans balance, demonstrating the properties of equality. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Graphing What
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALT (912) 33: Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities.* [FBF1]
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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Title: Square Circles
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This Illuminations lesson allows students to use a variety of units when measuring the side length and perimeter of squares, as well as the diameter and circumference of circles. They draw conclusions about the relationship of side/perimeter in squares and diameter/circumference in circles based on collected data. Then, through physical representations, they develop the idea of a constant that relates a circle s diameter to its circumferencenamely pi.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 14: Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle, and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle. [7G4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Square Circles
Description: This Illuminations lesson allows students to use a variety of units when measuring the side length and perimeter of squares, as well as the diameter and circumference of circles. They draw conclusions about the relationship of side/perimeter in squares and diameter/circumference in circles based on collected data. Then, through physical representations, they develop the idea of a constant that relates a circle s diameter to its circumferencenamely pi. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Patterns and Function
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two and threedimensional shapes.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Patterns and Function
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two and threedimensional shapes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Constant Dimensions
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In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the length and width of a rectangle using both standard and nonstandard units of measure. In addition to providing measurement practice, this lesson allows students to discover that the ratio of length to width of a rectangle is constant, in spite of the units. For many middle school students, this discovery is surprising.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 10: Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. [7EE4]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Constant Dimensions
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the length and width of a rectangle using both standard and nonstandard units of measure. In addition to providing measurement practice, this lesson allows students to discover that the ratio of length to width of a rectangle is constant, in spite of the units. For many middle school students, this discovery is surprising. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: On Fire
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This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, introduces the components of a firesafe and firewise environment. Students create a firewise location through calculations and measurement of percent slope, defensible space distance and various vegetation separation distances. The unit plan culminates with students designing a firewise property and testing their firewise IQ.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 27: Use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate measurement data, interpreting the slope and intercept. [8SP3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: On Fire
Description: This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, introduces the components of a firesafe and firewise environment. Students create a firewise location through calculations and measurement of percent slope, defensible space distance and various vegetation separation distances. The unit plan culminates with students designing a firewise property and testing their firewise IQ. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Math in Fashion
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In this video, student teams used algebra to modify Chloe Dao’s garment design to meet the target price required by the buyer.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 10: Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. [7EE4]
Math in Fashion
http://www.thirteen....
In this video, student teams used algebra to modify Chloe Dao’s garment design to meet the target price required by the buyer.
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Title: Math Makes a Connection: The Locker Problem
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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?
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 17: Use variables to represent numbers, and write expressions when solving a realworld or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set. [6EE6]
Math Makes a Connection: The Locker Problem
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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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Title: Pan Balance  Numbers
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, can be used to find numerical expressions that are equivalent to one another. If equivalent expressions are placed in the blue and red pans on the virtual scale, it will balance.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pan Balance  Numbers
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, can be used to find numerical expressions that are equivalent to one another. If equivalent expressions are placed in the blue and red pans on the virtual scale, it will balance. 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): [MA2013] 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: Pan Balance  Expressions
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This interactive pan balance, from Illuminations, allows students to enter and compare numeric or algebraic expressions. They can '' weigh'' the expressions they want to compare by entering them on either side of the balance, allowing them to practice arithmetic and algebraic skills, as well as to investigate the concept of equivalence.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 12: Compare properties of two functions, each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). [8F2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pan Balance  Expressions
Description: This interactive pan balance, from Illuminations, allows students to enter and compare numeric or algebraic expressions. They can '' weigh'' the expressions they want to compare by entering them on either side of the balance, allowing them to practice arithmetic and algebraic skills, as well as to investigate the concept of equivalence. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

