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Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: Inequalities: Solving and Graphing
Description: The students will extend their knowledge from solving equalities to solving inequalities. They will also learn to graph the solutions of inequalities.


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12)
Title: It's Around There Somewhere! Perimeter, and Circumference
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to review the concepts of perimeter, and circumference.Students will also use their knowledge to apply perimeter, and circumference formulas within practical applications such as in spatial design.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pan Balance -- Numbers      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, can be used to find numerical expressions that are equivalent to one another. If equivalent expressions are placed in the blue and red pans on the virtual scale, it will balance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Patterns and Function      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two- and three-dimensional shapes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Balancing Shapes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students balance shapes using an interactive pan balance applet to study equality, essential to understanding algebra. Equivalent relationships are recognized when the pans balance, demonstrating the properties of equality.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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: Pan Balance -- Expressions      Add Bookmark
Description: This interactive pan balance, from Illuminations, allows students to enter and compare numeric or algebraic expressions. They can '' weigh'' the expressions they want to compare by entering them on either side of the balance, allowing them to practice arithmetic and algebraic skills, as well as to investigate the concept of equivalence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Square Circles      Add Bookmark
Description: This Illuminations lesson allows students to use a variety of units when measuring the side length and perimeter of squares, as well as the diameter and circumference of circles. They draw conclusions about the relationship of side/perimeter in squares and diameter/circumference in circles based on collected data. Then, through physical representations, they develop the idea of a constant that relates a circle s diameter to its circumference--namely pi.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Graphing What       Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, is used by students to record independent and dependent variables as well as the function and symbolic function rule for a set of graphs.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: On Fire      Add Bookmark
Description: This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, introduces the components of a fire-safe and fire-wise environment. Students create a fire-wise location through calculations and measurement of percent slope, defensible space distance and various vegetation separation distances. The unit plan culminates with students designing a fire-wise property and testing their fire-wise IQ.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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