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Title: What's The Real Cost of That Car?
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This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan. A project requiring research, critical thinking and complex decisionmaking about factoring all the costs of purchasing a large ticket item... a car.
Standard(s): [MA2013] DM1 (912) 9: Determine a minimum project time using algorithms to schedule tasks in order, including critical path analysis, the listprocessing algorithm, and studentcreated algorithms. (Alabama)
Subject: Business, Management, and Administration (9  12), or Mathematics (9  12)
Title: What's The Real Cost of That Car?
Description: This is a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan. A project requiring research, critical thinking and complex decisionmaking about factoring all the costs of purchasing a large ticket item... a car.
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Title: Interpreting and Displaying Sets of Data
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The students will be able to take a set of given data and interpret the data into quartiles. Students should then be able to determine the parameters for a box and whisker plot by identifying outliers, interquartile range, and the five number summary. Students will determine the best method for displaying data whether it be line plot, scatterplot, box and whisker plot, etc.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) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12)
Title: Interpreting and Displaying Sets of Data
Description: The students will be able to take a set of given data and interpret the data into quartiles. Students should then be able to determine the parameters for a box and whisker plot by identifying outliers, interquartile range, and the five number summary. Students will determine the best method for displaying data whether it be line plot, scatterplot, box and whisker plot, etc.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: BOXANDWHISKERWith a Bed Sheet
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The class will make a list of all of their classmates heights, ages in months, and shoe sizes. They will then use this data to create a human boxandwhisker plot. 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) 25: Construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate measurement data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities. Describe patterns such as clustering, outliers, positive or negative association, linear association, and nonlinear association. [8SP1]
Subject: Mathematics (6  12)
Title: BOXANDWHISKERWith a Bed Sheet
Description: The class will make a list of all of their classmates heights, ages in months, and shoe sizes. They will then use this data to create a human boxandwhisker plot. 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: The State Capital of Stem and Leaf
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This lesson is a handson, technology based math lesson. Students will create a stemandleaf plot and scatter plot both manually and using Microsoft Excel. 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) 26: Know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two quantitative variables. For scatter plots that suggest a linear association, informally fit a straight line, and informally assess the model fit by judging the closeness of the data points to the line. [8SP2]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: The State Capital of Stem and Leaf
Description: This lesson is a handson, technology based math lesson. Students will create a stemandleaf plot and scatter plot both manually and using Microsoft Excel. 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: Discovering Earth's History
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This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.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) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Science (9  12)
Title: Discovering Earth's History
Description: This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.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: I know what you did last summer: A data graphing project.
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This 'first day of class' lesson is designed to assist the teacher in establishing a 'community of learners' where both girls and boys learn to communicate mathematically. The lesson culminates with students presenting a graphical representation of their summer activities (or winter break) via a poster presentation.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] ALC (912) 7: Use analytical, numerical, and graphical methods to make financial and economic decisions, including those involving banking and investments, insurance, personal budgets, credit purchases, recreation, and deceptive and fraudulent pricing and advertising. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: I know what you did last summer: A data graphing project.
Description: This 'first day of class' lesson is designed to assist the teacher in establishing a 'community of learners' where both girls and boys learn to communicate mathematically. The lesson culminates with students presenting a graphical representation of their summer activities (or winter break) via a poster presentation.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: Statistically Thinking
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The object of this project is for students to learn how to find univariate and bivariate statistics for sets of data. Also, the students will be able to determine if two sets of data are linearly correlated and to what degree. The students will use Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel to find, organize, and present their projects to the class.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALC (912) 12: Create a model of a set of data by estimating the equation of a curve of best fit from tables of values or scatter plots. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics (7  12)
Title: Statistically Thinking
Description: The object of this project is for students to learn how to find univariate and bivariate statistics for sets of data. Also, the students will be able to determine if two sets of data are linearly correlated and to what degree. The students will use Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel to find, organize, and present their projects to the class.
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Title: Ballistic Statistics!
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Students will collect examples of various statistical instruments and form an electronic scrapbook. These materials will be gathered from electronic sources in addition to periodicals and other print resources.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALC (912) 12: Create a model of a set of data by estimating the equation of a curve of best fit from tables of values or scatter plots. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: Ballistic Statistics!
Description: Students will collect examples of various statistical instruments and form an electronic scrapbook. These materials will be gathered from electronic sources in addition to periodicals and other print resources.
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Title: The National Debt and Wars: Suggested Solutions
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These reproducible graphs, from an Illuminations lesson, feature possible solutions to a student activity sheet in which students collect information about the national debt, plot the data by decade and determine whether an exponential curve is a good fit for the data.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALC (912) 12: Create a model of a set of data by estimating the equation of a curve of best fit from tables of values or scatter plots. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies Title: The National Debt and Wars: Suggested Solutions
Description: These reproducible graphs, from an Illuminations lesson, feature possible solutions to a student activity sheet in which students collect information about the national debt, plot the data by decade and determine whether an exponential curve is a good fit for the data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Make a Conjecture
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 35: Write arithmetic and geometric sequences both recursively and with an explicit formula, use them to model situations, and translate between the two forms.* [FBF2]
Subject: Health,Mathematics Title: Make a Conjecture
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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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Title: Reflect on Your Work
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine, reexamine, and compare the results obtained in previous lessons to enrich their mathematical understanding. Possibilities for students include examining the method of data analysis, asking What if questions, connecting the situation with other contexts, and further exploring the method of linearizing data.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1]
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Reflect on Your Work
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine, reexamine, and compare the results obtained in previous lessons to enrich their mathematical understanding. Possibilities for students include examining the method of data analysis, asking What if questions, connecting the situation with other contexts, and further exploring the method of linearizing data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Count on Math
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In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. In addition, students practice reading and writing large numbers and use estimation to arrive at appropriate answers.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Count on Math
Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. In addition, students practice reading and writing large numbers and use estimation to arrive at appropriate answers. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Measuring Shadows
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the pattern (length and direction) of shadows cast by sunlight during a several month period. They develop an interpretation of the daily and seasonal patterns and variations observed.
Standard(s): [MA2013] MI1 (912) 11: Describe the development of mathematical tools and their applications. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Measuring Shadows
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the pattern (length and direction) of shadows cast by sunlight during a several month period. They develop an interpretation of the daily and seasonal patterns and variations observed. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: State Names
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In this Illuminations lesson, students use multiple representations to analyze the frequency of letters that occur in the names of all 50 states. In the process, they learn how various representations, including steamandleaf plots, boxandwhisker plots, and histograms, can be used to organize the data.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies Title: State Names
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use multiple representations to analyze the frequency of letters that occur in the names of all 50 states. In the process, they learn how various representations, including steamandleaf plots, boxandwhisker plots, and histograms, can be used to organize the data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: First Class First? Using Data to Explore the Tragedy of the Titanic
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students analyze and interpret data related to the crew and passengers of the Titanic. They draw conclusions to better understand the people who were lost or saved as a result of the disaster, and whether or not social status affected the outcome.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics, Social Studies Title: First Class First? Using Data to Explore the Tragedy of the Titanic
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students analyze and interpret data related to the crew and passengers of the Titanic. They draw conclusions to better understand the people who were lost or saved as a result of the disaster, and whether or not social status affected the outcome. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Interpreting Population Statistics
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In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to population statistics such as birth, death, and literacy rates. They compare these indicators for several countries, graph the results, and hypothesize about what their graphs indicate about the countries.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GEOG (7) 1: Describe the world in spatial terms using maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies.
Subject: Mathematics  Statistics  Social Studies  Geography Title: Interpreting Population Statistics
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to population statistics such as birth, death, and literacy rates. They compare these indicators for several countries, graph the results, and hypothesize about what their graphs indicate about the countries. Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Automobile Mileage: Age vs. Mileage
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students plot data about automobile mileage and interpret the meaning of the slope and yintercept of the least squares regression line. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students analyze the meaning of the slope and yintercept of the line and put those meanings in the context of the reallife application. This lesson incorporates an interactive regression line applet.
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Subject: Mathematics Title: Automobile Mileage: Age vs. Mileage
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students plot data about automobile mileage and interpret the meaning of the slope and yintercept of the least squares regression line. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students analyze the meaning of the slope and yintercept of the line and put those meanings in the context of the reallife application. This lesson incorporates an interactive regression line applet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Exploring Histograms
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students create their own sets of data using an interactive data analysis tool. They then examine how various statistical functions such as mean, median, and standard deviation depend on the choice of data. The lesson includes an interactive online applet.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Exploring Histograms
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students create their own sets of data using an interactive data analysis tool. They then examine how various statistical functions such as mean, median, and standard deviation depend on the choice of data. The lesson includes an interactive online applet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Reflecting on Your Work
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They apply the methods they explored in the previous lesson to two new situations: analyzing sediment flow in a river and blood flow in the brain.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 45: Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related. [SID6]
Subject: Health,Mathematics,Science Title: Reflecting on Your Work
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They apply the methods they explored in the previous lesson to two new situations: analyzing sediment flow in a river and blood flow in the brain. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Using NBA Statistics for Box and Whisker Plots
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Students use information from NBA statistics to make and compare box and whisker plots. The data provided in the lesson come from the NBA, but you could apply the lesson to data from the WNBA or any other sports teams or leagues for which player statistics are available.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Using NBA Statistics for Box and Whisker Plots
Description: Students use information from NBA statistics to make and compare box and whisker plots. The data provided in the lesson come from the NBA, but you could apply the lesson to data from the WNBA or any other sports teams or leagues for which player statistics are available. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Advanced Data Grapher
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Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Advanced Data Grapher
Description: Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Box Plotter
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized box plot as well as display preset box plots. They can choose from one of six predetermined data sets or input their own data into the applet.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Box Plotter
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized box plot as well as display preset box plots. They can choose from one of six predetermined data sets or input their own data into the applet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Tube Viewer Simulation
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates the effect of viewing an image through a tube. As students move the location of the person or change the length of the tube, the image and measurements also change.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALT (912) 33: Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities.* [FBF1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Tube Viewer Simulation
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates the effect of viewing an image through a tube. As students move the location of the person or change the length of the tube, the image and measurements also change. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Mean and Median
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In this applet from Illuminations, students investigate the mean, median, and boxandwhisker plot for a set of data that they create. The data set may contain up to 15 integers, each with a value from 0 to 100.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 43: Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). [SID3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Mean and Median
Description: In this applet from Illuminations, students investigate the mean, median, and boxandwhisker plot for a set of data that they create. The data set may contain up to 15 integers, each with a value from 0 to 100. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Circle Grapher
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display preset circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Circle Grapher
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized circle graph as well as display preset circle graphs. They can choose from one of 3 predetermined data sets, or input their own data into the applet. In addition to the circle graph, a table of the data is also included. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Histogram Tool
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized histogram as well as display preset histograms for various data sets. The tool also allows students to see a frequency table, adjust the interval, and view the median and standard deviation of a data set.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 44: Summarize categorical data for two categories in twoway frequency tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data (including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies). Recognize possible associations and trends in the data. [SID5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Histogram Tool
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized histogram as well as display preset histograms for various data sets. The tool also allows students to see a frequency table, adjust the interval, and view the median and standard deviation of a data set. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

