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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12)
Title: Sweethearts and Data Analysis
Description: This activity uses boxes of Sweethearts for students to gather data.  They will perform computations and use their data to create a circle graph, frequency table, histogram, and line plot.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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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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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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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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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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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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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 steam-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker 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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Why Is California So Important?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students learn about the mechanics of the electoral college and use the State Data Map applet to gather data on the population and electoral votes for each state. Several questions are provided to strengthen understanding of measures of central tendency and fluency with decimals and percents.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Sticks and Stones     
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students play Sticks and Stones, a game based on the Apache game Throw Sticks, which was played at multi-nation celebrations. Students collect data, investigate the likelihood of various moves, and use basic ideas of expected value to determine the average number of turns needed to win a game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Getting into the Electoral College     
Description: In this unit of 3 lessons from Illuminations, students are engaged in activities involving percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used individually to fit within curriculum being covered at the time of an election. Additionally, the lesson extensions include many ideas for interdisciplinary activities and some possible school-wide activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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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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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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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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Subject: Health,Mathematics,Science
Title: Reflecting on Your Work     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Effects of Outliers     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, provides students with the opportunity to investigate the relationship between a set of data points and a curve used to fit the data points, using a computer-based interactive tool. Using the Regression Line Applet, students investigate the effect of outliers on a regression line and easily see their significance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: How Old Are the Stars?     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the age of a star cluster by observing, measuring, and plotting astronomical data. They examine the Jewelbox cluster, located within the southern constellation Crux, and determine its age using a relationship between temperature, color, and luminosity. Before beginning this lesson, students should understand the life cycle and composition of stars. Students should also understand the relationship between temperature and color.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Histogram Tool     
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create a customized histogram as well as display pre-set 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



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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Mean and Median     
Description: In this applet from Illuminations, students investigate the mean, median, and box-and-whisker 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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Advanced Data Grapher      
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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