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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics (8 - 12)
Title: Penny Drop That Thang!
Description: This lesson is designed to introduce and extend students' knowledge on slope and linear equations. Students will be able to differentiate finding the slope to creating a linear equation. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Predict the Future?
Description: Students will use data collected and a "best-fit line" to make predictions for the future. The example the students will be working on for this lesson will demonstrate an exponential regression.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Cosmic Measurements
Description: In this lesson, students will use hands on inquiry in cooperative learning groups to understand, develop and analyze common measurements used by astronomers. Students will use common objects such as straws, twizzlers, or toothpicks to measure the distance from a fixed object or central location to other objects. The students will then use this information to develop a unit of measurement like the astronomical unit. The students will measure the speed of an object such as a remote control car and use this to develop a unit similar to the lightyear. 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 (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Payroll Spreadsheet
Description: Spreadsheet software allows you to calculate numbers arranged in rows and columns for specific financial tasks. This activity allows students to create an "Employee Work/Pay Schedule" spreadsheet to reinforce spreadsheet skills. Students will practice spreadsheet skills by entering data, creating formulas, and using formatting commands.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12)
Title: Swimming Pool Math
Description: Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9 - 10), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags?
Description: In this lesson students will apply the interest formulas to make the best investment decision for our fictional character Algebrea Calculique. The students will be provided with a story explaining the situation that Algebrea faces and the investment choices that she has. To present their findings and conclusion, the students will write an expository essay. This lesson integrates mathematics into the writing process.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Symbolic Analysis     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. They work to find additional equations and formulas to represent the data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Analyzing the Data     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They use an interactive Java applet to explore related algebraic functions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Make a Conjecture      
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They are asked to think about the mathematics involved in determining the amount of blood being pumped by a heart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Counting Embedded Figures     
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students look for patterns in an embedded-square problem. After looking at the patterns, students form generalizations for the pattern. This activity sharpens students algebraic thinking and visualization skills.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Shedding the Light     
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students investigate a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water. The goal of this investigation is a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students examine the way light changes as water depth increases, conduct experiments, explore related algebraic functions using an interactive Java applet and analyze the data collected.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Investigating Pick's Theorem     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from Illuminations, students rediscover Pick's Theorem, which they were likely introduced to in middle school, and use algebra to determine the coefficients of the equation. They explore the concept of change as a mechanism for finding the coefficients of Pick's Theorem.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Interactives/Games


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Graphing Exponential Functions
http://www.softschoo...
This interactive graph lets students explore the different aspects of exponential graphs.

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Online Algebra Problem Solver
http://www.algebra-o...
Online Algebra Solver allows students to create equations related to a variety of areas of math and solve them online.

Learning Activities


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Egg Launch Contest
http://illuminations...
In this activity, students encounter data that comes in different forms in the context of the description of an egg launch contest. The data for team A are shown in a table, the data for team B are expressed by an equation, and the data for team C are displayed in a graph. The data are available to students on the activity sheet.

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Relations and Functions Puzzle
http://mathbits.com/...
An "Ah-Bach" style worksheet/puzzle dealing with evaluating functions and matching equations and graphs. Question solutions yield the needed letters to decipher a message.

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Graphing Exponential Functions
http://www.softschoo...
This interactive graph lets students explore the different aspects of exponential graphs.

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Online Algebra Problem Solver
http://www.algebra-o...
Online Algebra Solver allows students to create equations related to a variety of areas of math and solve them online.

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