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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7)
Title: How Far Can You Leap?
Description: This lesson will allow students to become familiar with the concept of unit rate. Through an open investigation students will develop methods to find unit rate with a table, equivalent ratios, or an equation. This is a lesson to be used as part of a unit with "Painter Problems" and "How Big Should It Be?" This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (6)
Title: Thirsty for Ratios
Description: In this lesson the students will learn what a ratio is and how it can be used in comparison. In this lesson, students will also determine how to combine a sports drink in powder form and water to make enough for a whole football team. Students will be encouraged to use different strategies such as ratios and proportions. 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
Title: Getting into the Electoral College      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Mathematics
Title: A Swath of Red      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students estimate the area of the country that voted for the Republican candidate and the area that voted for the Democratic candidate in the 2000 presidential election using a grid overlay. Students then compare the areas to the electoral and popular vote election results. Ratios of electoral votes to area are used to make generalizations about the population distribution of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Inclined Plane      Add Bookmark
Description: In this multiple-day activity, from Illuminations, students time balls rolling down inclines of varying lengths and heights. They then try to make inferences about the relationships among the variables involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Paper Pool: Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns      Add Bookmark
Description: This page provides an overview of a four-lesson Illuminations unit plan titled '' Analyzing Numeric and Geometric Patterns of Paper Pool.'' The interactive paper pool game in this unit plan provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding of ratio, proportion, and least common multiple. This investigation includes student resources for the Paper Pool project, preparation notes, answers, and a holistic-by-category scoring rubric with guidelines for how it can be used to assess the project. Samples of two students' work and comments from a teacher accompany the suggested rubric. This resource references the Illuminations lessons titled '' Paper Pool Game,'' '' Explore More Tables,'' '' Look for Patterns,'' and '' Go the Distance.''
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics, Social Studies
Title: First Class First? Using Data to Explore the Tragedy of the Titanic      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Mathematics - Arithmetic , Mathematics - Measurement , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Can Math Help You Cook?      Add Bookmark
Description: You might think the best part of making brownies is enjoying the end result, but gathering and mixing the ingredients can be just as fun. Grab a spoon and let's find out what ice cream can teach us about math. Yummy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Linking Length, Perimeter, Area, and Volume      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students explore ratio, proportion, scale factor and similarity using perimeter, area, volume and surface area of various rectangular shapes. Students use an online interactive applet to explore how the perimeters, areas, and side lengths of similar rectangles are related.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Purple Prisms      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate rectangular prisms using an online, interactive applet. They manipulate the scale factor that links two three-dimensional rectangular prisms to learn about edge lengths and surface area relationships.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: Can It Be?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on connections between mathematics and children s literature. They listen to the story The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, and then explore and interpret the concept of averages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: How Much is a Million?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson focuses students on the concept of 1,000,000. It allows students to see first-hand the sheer size of a million while at the same time providing students with an introduction to sampling and its use in mathematics. Students will use grains of rice and a balance to figure out the approximate volume and mass of 1,000,000 grains of rice.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Ratios      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, features equations for finding the ratios for surface area and volume when comparing a model to a full-size object.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Ratio of Circumference to Diameter      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students measure the circumference and diameter of circular objects. They calculate the ratio of circumference to diameter for each object in an attempt to identify the value of pi and the circumference formula.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculation Nation      Add Bookmark
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Constant Dimensions      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students measure the length and width of a rectangle using both standard and non-standard units of measure. In addition to providing measurement practice, this lesson allows students to discover that the ratio of length to width of a rectangle is constant, in spite of the units. For many middle school students, this discovery is surprising.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Capture - Recapture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students experience an application of proportion that scientists actually use to solve real-life problems. Students learn how to estimate the size of a total population by taking samples and using proportions. The ratio of tagged items to the number of items in a sample is the same as the ratio of tagged items to the total population.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Bean Counting      Add Bookmark
Description: By using sampling from a large collection of beans, students get a sense of equivalent fractions, which leads to a better understanding of proportions. Equivalent fractions are used to develop an understanding of proportions. The number-sense of recognizing equivalent fractions is useful when students study slope and proportions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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