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Lesson Plans (2) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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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 hands-on, 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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Subject: Arts,Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Real Estate Tycoon     
Description: This year-long 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

ALEX Learning Assets

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Title: Are You Liked?
Digital Tool: Voki
Digital Tool Description: Voki is a creative, easy-to-use tool that helps motivate students and improves lesson comprehension and student participation.

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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: Splash Those Variables Away
Digital Tool: Ker-Splash
Digital Tool Description: Ker-Splash 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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Solving Multi-Step Equations
"Solving Multi-step 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. 

Thinkfinity Learning Activities

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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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