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Title: "Like Terms", I Add Them
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Students will review the definition of 'like terms' and combining like terms. They will then learn to apply this to adding polynomials. Students will have an opportunity to work practice problems as they are viewing a PowerPoint presentation of the lesson. They will be adding polynomials using both the horizontal method and the vertical method. 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): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 10: Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers; namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. [AAPR1] [MA2013] AL2 (912) 15: Understand that polynomials form a system analogous to the integers; namely, they are closed under the operations of addition, subtraction, and multiplication; add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. [AAPR1] [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12)
Title: "Like Terms", I Add Them
Description: Students will review the definition of 'like terms' and combining like terms. They will then learn to apply this to adding polynomials. Students will have an opportunity to work practice problems as they are viewing a PowerPoint presentation of the lesson. They will be adding polynomials using both the horizontal method and the vertical method. 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: It’s a Party! Solving Multistep Equations
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Often students are confused about ‘where to start’ when solving a multistep equation. In this lesson the equation is labeled as a ‘party’. The 'host' is labeled (x) with remaining operations being labeled according to their relationship to the host (friends, family, acquaintances, etc...). Technology assignments are used as one method to assess student understanding.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): [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 16: Explain each step in solving a simple equation as following from the equality of numbers asserted at the previous step, starting from the assumption that the original equation has a solution. Construct a viable argument to justify a solution method. [AREI1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 17: Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, including equations with coefficients represented by letters. [AREI3]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12)
Title: It’s a Party! Solving Multistep Equations
Description: Often students are confused about ‘where to start’ when solving a multistep equation. In this lesson the equation is labeled as a ‘party’. The 'host' is labeled (x) with remaining operations being labeled according to their relationship to the host (friends, family, acquaintances, etc...). Technology assignments are used as one method to assess student understanding.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: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
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This lesson provides students with a handson, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.
Standard(s): [TC2] (68) 5: Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software. [TC2] (68) 6: Select specific digital tools for completing curriculumrelated tasks. [TC2] (68) 13: Use digital tools to formulate solutions to authentic problems. [MA2013] (6) 9: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates. [6NS6] [MA2013] (6) 10: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. [6NS7] [MA2013] (6) 11: Solve realworld and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. [6NS8] [MA2013] (6) 23: Draw polygons in the coordinate plane given coordinates for the vertices; use coordinates to find the length of a side joining points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. Apply these techniques in the context of solving realworld and mathematical problems. [6G3] [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Subject: Mathematics (6  8), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: You WANT me to make a paper airplane?
Description: This lesson provides students with a handson, cooperative learning experience. Students will make paper airplanes. They will fly their planes and record the distance and time of numerous flights in an Excel spreadsheet. Students will then calculate the speed of each flight using the formula s=d/t and summarize their results by making a line graph.
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Title: Real Estate Tycoon
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This yearlong project, from Illuminations, is divided into three parts and reinforces skills that lay a foundation for algebra, such as measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions. Students design, build, and sell a house and then simulate investment of the profits in the stock market. Along the way, students make scale drawings, compute with fractions and decimals in various contexts, solve simple equations, and learn valuable lessons about how money really works.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (6) 1: Understand the concept of a ratio, and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities. [6RP1] [MA2013] (6) 3: Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve realworld and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations. [6RP3] [MA2013] (6) 4: Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. [6NS1] [MA2013] (6) 13: Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. [6EE2] [MA2013] (7) 2: Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. [7RP2] [MA2013] (7) 3: Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. [7RP3] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7] [SS2010] CIV (7) 7: Determine how people organize economic systems to address basic economic questions regarding which goods and services will be produced, how they will be distributed, and who will consume them. [SS2010] CIV (7) 8: Appraise the relationship between the consumer and the marketplace in the economy of the United States regarding scarcity, opportunity cost, tradeoff decision making, and the stock market. [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: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies Title: Real Estate Tycoon
Description: This yearlong project, from Illuminations, is divided into three parts and reinforces skills that lay a foundation for algebra, such as measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions. Students design, build, and sell a house and then simulate investment of the profits in the stock market. Along the way, students make scale drawings, compute with fractions and decimals in various contexts, solve simple equations, and learn valuable lessons about how money really works. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Splash Those Variables Away
Digital Tool:
KerSplash Web Address URL:
http://calculationnation.nctm.org/ Standard(s):
[MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7] Digital Tool Description: KerSplash is one of the interactive math games included in the NCTM's Calculation Nation. Students collect tokens with variable values and combine like terms. Math strategy is required, because each variable has a secret value that is not revealed until the end of the game.
Title: Splash Those Variables Away Digital Tool: KerSplash Digital Tool Description: KerSplash is one of the interactive math games included in the NCTM's Calculation Nation. Students collect tokens with variable values and combine like terms. Math strategy is required, because each variable has a secret value that is not revealed until the end of the game.
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Title: Solving MultiStep Equations
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"Solving Multistep equations" is a podcast created using a portable whiteboard device to illustrate 8th Grade standard #9 (Solve linear equations in one variable). In this podcast, students are introduced to the following vocabulary terms: coefficient, constant, variable, distribute, and term, and inverse operations. This podcast allows students to work out an example with the narrator following the steps. Once students have worked the example, they may pause the video to try an example on their own. This podcast would work well for students who need examples to see at home while attempting their homework. Standard(s):
[MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Solving MultiStep Equations Overview: "Solving Multistep equations" is a podcast created using a portable whiteboard device to illustrate 8th Grade standard #9 (Solve linear equations in one variable). In this podcast, students are introduced to the following vocabulary terms: coefficient, constant, variable, distribute, and term, and inverse operations. This podcast allows students to work out an example with the narrator following the steps. Once students have worked the example, they may pause the video to try an example on their own. This podcast would work well for students who need examples to see at home while attempting their homework.
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Title: Solve Linear Equation Systems Step by Step
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This is an interactive tool that will solve systems of linear equations containing up to seven variables.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7] [MA2013] (8) 10: Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations. [8EE8]
Solve Linear Equation Systems Step by Step
http://www.karlscalc...
This is an interactive tool that will solve systems of linear equations containing up to seven variables.
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Title: Hoop Shoot
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Hoop shoot is an interactive game that combines solving twostep equations with shooting hoops. It is a two player competition style game.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7]
Hoop Shoot
http://www.mathplay...
Hoop shoot is an interactive game that combines solving twostep equations with shooting hoops. It is a two player competition style game.
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Title: Algebra.Help
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Lesson plans,calculators, worksheets and everything else to help with teaching algebra.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 1: Know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. Understand informally that every number has a decimal expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats eventually, and convert a decimal expansion which repeats eventually into a rational number. [8NS1] [MA2013] (8) 2: Use rational approximations of irrational numbers to compare the size of irrational numbers, locate them approximately on a number line diagram, and estimate the value of expressions (e.g., π^{2}). [8NS2] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (8) 9: Solve linear equations in one variable. [8EE7] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 1: Explain how the definition of the meaning of rational exponents follows from extending the properties of integer exponents to those values, allowing for a notation for radicals in terms of rational exponents. [NRN1]
Algebra.Help
http://algebrahelp.c...
Lesson plans,calculators, worksheets and everything else to help with teaching algebra.
Thinkfinity Learning Activities
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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] (6) 16: Understand solving an equation or inequality as a process of answering a question: which values from a specified set, if any, make the equation or inequality true? Use substitution to determine whether a given number in a specified set makes an equation or inequality true. [6EE5] [MA2013] (6) 18: Solve realworld and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form
x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q, and x are all nonnegative rational numbers. [6EE7] [MA2013] (7) 2: Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. [7RP2] [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] [MA2013] (7) 15: Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multistep problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure. [7G5] [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

