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Title: PER  PIN  TIC  YOU  LER!
(Part 2 to Take the Stairs Lesson)
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This lesson allows students to investigate the slope criteria and characteristics of perpendicular lines using graphing calculators and rectangle/square tiles. Students will also use equations and graphs. Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: PER  PIN  TIC  YOU  LER!
(Part 2 to Take the Stairs Lesson)
Description: This lesson allows students to investigate the slope criteria and characteristics of perpendicular lines using graphing calculators and rectangle/square tiles. Students will also use equations and graphs. Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Take the Stairs to Slope!
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This lesson allows students to investigate the slope criteria and characteristics of parallel lines using graphing calculators and school staircases. Students will also use equations and graphs. Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: Take the Stairs to Slope!
Description: This lesson allows students to investigate the slope criteria and characteristics of parallel lines using graphing calculators and school staircases. Students will also use equations and graphs. Students will work cooperatively to develop and justify ideas/conjectures.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: What do we have in Common? Discover the properties of the diagonals of quadrilaterals.
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This inquiry lesson explores the definitions of quadrilaterals and the properties of the diagonals of quadrilaterals to classify quadrilaterals. Students will work cooperatively to justify conclusions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 11: Prove theorems about parallelograms. Theorems include opposite sides are congruent, opposite angles are congruent; the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other; and conversely, rectangles are parallelograms with congruent diagonals. [GCO11] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: What do we have in Common? Discover the properties of the diagonals of quadrilaterals.
Description: This inquiry lesson explores the definitions of quadrilaterals and the properties of the diagonals of quadrilaterals to classify quadrilaterals. Students will work cooperatively to justify conclusions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Quadrilaterals
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This is an inquiry lesson used to review Algebra 1 objectives by applying them to geometry concepts. Students explore the properties of quadrilaterals and classify them by definition. This lesson can be use in geometry classes. Students in geometry classes can apply theorems and definitions of quadrilaterals rather than as an inquiry lesson.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) 20: Solve systems of linear equations exactly and approximately (e.g., with graphs), focusing on pairs of linear equations in two variables. [AREI6] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 24: Graph the solutions to a linear inequality in two variables as a halfplane (excluding the boundary in the case of a strict inequality), and graph the solution set to a system of linear inequalities in two variables as the intersection of the corresponding halfplanes. [AREI12] [MA2013] GEO (912) 1: Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. [GCO1] [MA2013] GEO (912) 9: Prove theorems about lines and angles. Theorems include vertical angles are congruent; when a transversal crosses parallel lines, alternate interior angles are congruent and corresponding angles are congruent; and points on a perpendicular bisector of a line segment are exactly those equidistant from the segment's endpoints. [GCO9] [MA2013] GEO (912) 11: Prove theorems about parallelograms. Theorems include opposite sides are congruent, opposite angles are congruent; the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other; and conversely, rectangles are parallelograms with congruent diagonals. [GCO11] [MA2013] GEO (912) 30: Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically. [GGPE4] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5] [MA2013] GEO (912) 33: Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.* [GGPE7] [MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama) [MA2013] (8) 23: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system. [8G8] [MA2013] GEO (912) 1: Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. [GCO1] [MA2013] (8) 23: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system. [8G8] [MA2013] GEO (912) 1: Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. [GCO1]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12)
Title: Quadrilaterals
Description: This is an inquiry lesson used to review Algebra 1 objectives by applying them to geometry concepts. Students explore the properties of quadrilaterals and classify them by definition. This lesson can be use in geometry classes. Students in geometry classes can apply theorems and definitions of quadrilaterals rather than as an inquiry lesson.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: What is the slope of the stairs in front of the school?
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The purpose of this lesson is to help students apply the mathematical definition of slope to a concrete example. The students will learn to make the appropriate measurements and apply the formula to calculate the slope of the stairs experimentally.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 7: Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. [8EE5] [MA2013] (8) 8: Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a nonvertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y = mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b. [8EE6] [MA2013] (8) 14: Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. Determine the rate of change and initial value of the function from a description of a relationship or from two (x,y) values, including reading these from a table or from a graph. Interpret the rate of change and initial value of linear function in terms of the situation it models and in terms of its graph or a table of values. [8F4] [MA2013] (8) 15: Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally. [8F5] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 30: Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.* [FIF6] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 37: Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions. [FLE1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 38: Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two inputoutput pairs (include reading these from a table). [FLE2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 46: Interpret the slope (rate of change) and the intercept (constant term) of a linear model in the context of the data. [SID7] [MA2013] ALC (912) 1: Create algebraic models for applicationbased problems by developing and solving equations and inequalities, including those involving direct, inverse, and joint variation. (Alabama) [MA2013] PRE (912) 17: Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.* [FIF6] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12)
Title: What is the slope of the stairs in front of the school?
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to help students apply the mathematical definition of slope to a concrete example. The students will learn to make the appropriate measurements and apply the formula to calculate the slope of the stairs experimentally.
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Title: Math in Video Games
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The teams use algebra to save their spaceship in the Asteroids game.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 7: Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. [8EE5] [MA2013] (8) 8: Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a nonvertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y = mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b. [8EE6] [MA2013] (8) 27: Use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate measurement data, interpreting the slope and intercept. [8SP3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 46: Interpret the slope (rate of change) and the intercept (constant term) of a linear model in the context of the data. [SID7] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Math in Video Games
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The teams use algebra to save their spaceship in the Asteroids game.
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Title: Graphing Lines
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Students explore the world of lines by investigating the relationships between linear equations, slope, and graphs of lines. This interactive tool requires Javascript.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (7) 2: Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. [7RP2] [MA2013] (8) 10: Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations. [8EE8] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 17: Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, including equations with coefficients represented by letters. [AREI3] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Graphing Lines
http://phet.colorado...
Students explore the world of lines by investigating the relationships between linear equations, slope, and graphs of lines. This interactive tool requires Javascript.
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Title: Slopes Puzzle
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Students cut apart a grid puzzle and reassemble the grid matching the equations of parallel lines and perpendicular lines. If finished correctly, a new square grid will be formed.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (8) 27: Use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context of bivariate measurement data, interpreting the slope and intercept. [8SP3] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5]
Slopes Puzzle
http://mathbits.com/...
Students cut apart a grid puzzle and reassemble the grid matching the equations of parallel lines and perpendicular lines. If finished correctly, a new square grid will be formed.

