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Title: Properties of Minerals
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This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.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): [S1] GEL (912) 1: Describe Earth's layers, including the lithosphere, asthenosphere, outer core, and inner core. [S1] GEL (912) 5: Classify rocks as sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. [S1] GEL (912) 7: Describe processes of rock formation. [S1] CHE (912) 1: Differentiate among pure substances, mixtures, elements, and compounds. [S1] E&S (912) 7: Explain techniques for determining the age and composition of Earth and the universe. [S1] E&S (912) 10: Identify scientists and their findings relative to Earth and space, including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein. [S1] ENV (912) 1: Identify the influence of human population, technology, and cultural and industrial changes on the environment. [S1] FOR (912) 4: Describe presumptive and confirmatory tests. [S1] FOR (912) 9: Use laws of physics to explain forensic evidence. [S1] GEL (912) 7: Describe processes of rock formation. [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power. [AED] VA2 (712) 2: Produce works of art using a variety of techniques. [MA2013] ALC (912) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama)
Subject: Arts Education (7  12), or Mathematics (9  12), or Science (9  12)
Title: Properties of Minerals
Description: This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.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: Cosmic Measurements
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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.
Standard(s): [S1] E&S (912) 8: Explain the terms astronomical unit and light year. [MA2013] AL1 (912) 4: Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multistep problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays. [NQ1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 5: Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling. [NQ2] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 6: Choose a level of accuracy appropriate to limitations on measurement when reporting quantities. [NQ3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 12: Create equations and inequalities in one variable, and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 15: Rearrange formulas to highlight a quantity of interest, using the same reasoning as in solving equations. [ACED4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 34: Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities.* [FBF1] [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] ALC (912) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama)
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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Title: Creating a Water Tank  Part II "Selling the Tank"
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Working in groups of 45 students will take the information,pictures and 3D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (912) 12: Use digital tools to publish curriculumrelated content. [TC2] CA2 (912) 9: Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content. [MA2013] (7) 11: Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. [7G1] [MA2013] (7) 12: Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. [7G2] [MA2013] (7) 13: Describe the twodimensional figures that result from slicing threedimensional figures, as in plane sections of right rectangular prisms and right rectangular pyramids. [7G3] [MA2013] (7) 16: Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving area, volume, and surface area of two and threedimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms. [7G6] [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) [MA2013] ALC (912) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALC (912) 11: Use ratios of perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar figures to solve applied problems. (Alabama) [MA2013] GEO (912) 36: Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems.* [GGMD3] [MA2013] GEO (912) 37: Determine the relationship between surface areas of similar figures and volumes of similar figures. (Alabama) [MA2013] GEO (912) 39: Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).* [GMG1] [MA2013] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics (7  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: Creating a Water Tank  Part II "Selling the Tank"
Description: Working in groups of 45 students will take the information,pictures and 3D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.
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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) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama) [MA2013] AL1 (912) 42: Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets. [SID2] [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] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1] [TC2] CA2 (912) 6: Utilize advanced features of multimedia software, including image, video, and audio editing. [TC2] CA2 (912) 9: Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content. [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: How tall is the school's flagpole?
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The purpose of this lesson is to help students apply math concepts concerning similar triangles and trigonometric functions to real life situations. The students learn how to take these concepts and use them to find measurements of objects that they are unable to measure in conventional ways.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 21: Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.* [GSRT8] [MA2013] GEO (912) 18: Use congruence and similarity criteria for triangles to solve problems and to prove relationships in geometric figures. [GSRT5] [MA2013] GEO (912) 19: Understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle leading to definitions of trigonometric ratios for acute angles. [GSRT6] [MA2013] GEO (912) 16: Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the angleangle (AA) criterion for two triangles to be similar. [GSRT3] [MA2013] ALC (912) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALC (912) 8: Determine missing information in an applicationbased situation using properties of right triangles, including trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: How tall is the school's flagpole?
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to help students apply math concepts concerning similar triangles and trigonometric functions to real life situations. The students learn how to take these concepts and use them to find measurements of objects that they are unable to measure in conventional ways.
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Title: Soda Cans
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This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, guides students through a simulation in which they try different arrangements to make the most efficient use of space and thus pack the most soda cans into a rectangular packing box.
Standard(s): [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) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12] [MA2013] GEO (912) 24: Prove that all circles are similar. [GC1] [MA2013] GEO (912) 25: Identify and describe relationships among inscribed angles, radii, and chords. Include the relationship between central, inscribed, and circumscribed angles; inscribed angles on a diameter are right angles; the radius of a circle is perpendicular to the tangent where the radius intersects the circle. [GC2] [MA2013] GEO (912) 27: (+) Construct a tangent line from a point outside a given circle to the circle. [GC4] [MA2013] GEO (912) 28: Derive, using similarity, the fact that the length of the arc intercepted by an angle is proportional to the radius, and define the radian measure of the angle as the constant of proportionality; derive the formula for the area of a sector. [GC5] [MA2013] GEO (912) 36: Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems.* [GGMD3] [MA2013] GEO (912) 38: Identify the shapes of twodimensional crosssections of threedimensional objects, and identify threedimensional objects generated by rotations of twodimensional objects. [GGMD4] [MA2013] GEO (912) 39: Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).* [GMG1] [MA2013] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3] [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) [MA2013] ALC (912) 9: Analyze aesthetics of physical models for line symmetry, rotational symmetry, or the golden ratio. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALC (912) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama) [MA2013] ALC (912) 11: Use ratios of perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar figures to solve applied problems. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Soda Cans
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, guides students through a simulation in which they try different arrangements to make the most efficient use of space and thus pack the most soda cans into a rectangular packing box. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12

