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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] (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] 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): [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.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
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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): [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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Interactives/Games
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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
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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.
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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] 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
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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] (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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