ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6  8) Title: The Need for Speed
Description: After viewing an introductory illustrated podcast on speed, distance, time, and velocity, students explore distancetime graphs using interactive websites. Working in cooperative learning groups, students will investigate the motion of toy pullback racers and collect data to analyze the speed of the cars between various positions marked on the race track. Students will use the data to create graphs, analyze data and present findings to the class.
Subject: Mathematics (8) Title: Midpoint of a Line Segment.
Description: Investigate finding the midpoint of a line segment and derive the formula for the midpoint of two points on a coordinate plane.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
Subject: Mathematics (6  8), or Science (8) Title: Incline Plane and the Crashing Marble
Description: Students will measure the effects of the height of an inclined plane on the force a marble produces to move a plastic, foam, or paper cup across a table. Students will discover that the higher the incline plane, the more force produced by the marble, which moves the cup a greater distance. Students will also learn how to graph data and discover the appropriate graph to use for comparison.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 (8  12) Title: Writing equations for parallel lines
Description: Students will complete a cooperative group assignment to discover that parallel lines have the same slope. They will view a PowerPoint presentation illustrating how to write an equation of a line parallel to a given line through a given point. Additional practice will be provided by means of a worksheet.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 (6  12) Title: Take a Hike! An exploration into finding slopes of inclines
Description: Students will work in small groups to analyze a topographical map of the Fiery Gizzard hiking trail on the Cumberland Plateau in southeastern Tennessee. They will use the map key to determine distance traveled and elevation gained to determine the slope of a short portion of the trail with a steep incline. 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 (6  12) Title: Human slope
Description: Students will participate in this discovery activity intended for them to uncover the role each variable plays in the graph of a line in the form y = mx + b. Students will actually demonstrate lines in slope intercept form on a life size graph. They will compare different graphs to see what effect adding negative signs and coefficients to the variables have on the graph. They will also analysis what happens to the graph when a constant is added or subtracted from the variable.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 (8), or Technology Education (9  12) Title: We Love to Graph!
Description: The students will review plotting points on a Coordinate Plane through an interactive website. They will also practice changing the slope and yintercept on the website in order to see the effects. After this review, the students will work in groups to plot points and use slope to spell out letters of the alphabet. The students will then unscramble the letters to spell out "We Love to Graph!"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  8) Title: Heads Up!
Description: The lesson is a handson project. Students will work in pairs to gather various measurements, organizing the data into a provided chart. The measurements will be used to review, reinforce, and introduce skills such as measures of central tendency, coordinate graphing, and various ways of representing data (i.e., stemandleaf plots, boxandwhisker plots, frequency tables, etc.).
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.
Subject: Mathematics (8  12) Title: Finding the Slope of a Line
Description: This lesson will use a slide presentation to facilitate teaching students how to find the slope of a line when given the graph of the line or two points. Students will interact with the presentation in two ways: first, by taking notes and practicing examples, and second, by linking to a slope activity on the Internet. This lesson may be done in one ninetyminute block or broken up over two fiftyminute periods. This lesson would be incorporated in a unit on graphing linear equations.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Travel in the Solar System: Lesson 2
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students consider the amount of time that space travelers need to travel to the four terrestrial planets. Students also think about what kinds of events might occur on Earth while the space travelers are on their journey. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Inclined Plane
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Description: In this multipleday 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: Automobile Mileage: Comparing and Contrasting
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students compare and contrast their findings from previous lessons of the unit. This lesson allows students the time they need to think about and discuss what they have done in the previous lessons. This lesson provides the teacher with another opportunity to listen to student discourse and assess student understanding. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Taking Its Toll
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students compare the price of a toll to the distance traveled. Students investigate data numerically and graphically to determine the permile charge, and they predict the cost if a new tollbooth were added along the route. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Bean Counting
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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 numbersense of recognizing equivalent fractions is useful when students study slope and proportions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: RiseRun Triangles
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Description: This lesson offers students a method for finding the slope of a line from its graph. The skills from this lesson can be applied as a tool to realworld examples of rate of change and slope. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Exploring Linear Data
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Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students model linear data in a variety of settings. Students can work alone or in small groups to construct scatterplots, interpret data points and trends, and investigate the notion of line of best fit. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Bathtub Water Levels
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine reallife data that illustrates a negative slope. Students interpret the meaning of the negative slope and yintercept of the graph of the reallife data. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students relate the slope and yintercept of the least squares regression line to the reallife data. They also interpret the correlation coefficient of the least squares regression line. This lesson incorporates an interactive regression line applet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: How Did I Move?
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students are provided with a method for understanding that for y = mx + b, m is a rate of change and b is the value when x = 0. This kinesthetic activity allows students to form a physical interpretation of slope and yintercept by running across a football field. Students will be able to verbalize the meaning of the equation to reinforce understanding and discover that slope (or rate of movement) is the same for all sets of points given a set of data with a linear relationship. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Travel in the Solar System: Lesson 1
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students consider the amount of time that space travelers must spend on their journey. Students improve their concept of time and distance. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: How Steep Can You Be?
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students consider the construction of a tool that will measure percent slope. They then use ideas about percent slope to determine recommended defensible space distances near a home, in relation to protecting the home from wildfires. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Graph Chart
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Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, contains the answers to the similarly named student activity in which students identify the independent and dependent variables, the function, symbolic function rule and rationale for a set of graphs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Next Billion
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Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students predict when the world's population will reach 7 billion. To do so, they use an online counter that simulates the changing world population. They time the counter to find how long it takes for the population to increase by 50 or 100 people. They use that measurement to predict how long it would take for the population to increase by 1 billion. Students discuss the reliability of their predictions, compare them to past trends, and discuss social factors that can affect population growth. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Think of a Graph
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Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, asks students to sketch a graph in which the side length of a square is graphed on the horizontal axis and the perimeter of the square is graphed on the vertical axis. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Movement with Functions
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Description: In this unit of 3 lessons from Illuminations, students use movement to reinforce the concepts of linear functions and systems of equations. Multiple representations are used throughout, along with tools such as motion detectors and remotecontrolled cars. Students explore how position, speed, and varying motion are reflected in graphs, tables, and algebraic equations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Bagel Comparison
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Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, presents information from a sign displayed by a real bagel retailer, comparing the price of their bagels to that of their competitor. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Printing Books
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Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the relationships among lines, slopes, and yintercepts using the realworld situation of the printing of their textbook. They use data presented in tables, graphs, and equation form for problemsolving. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Graphing What
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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
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Description: This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, introduces the components of a firesafe and firewise environment. Students create a firewise location through calculations and measurement of percent slope, defensible space distance and various vegetation separation distances. The unit plan culminates with students designing a firewise property and testing their firewise IQ. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Automobile Mileage: Age vs. Mileage
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students plot data about automobile mileage and interpret the meaning of the slope and yintercept of the least squares regression line. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students analyze the meaning of the slope and yintercept of the line and put those meanings in the context of the reallife application. This lesson incorporates an interactive regression line applet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Finding Our Top Speed
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Description: This Illuminations lesson sets the stage for a discussion of travel in the solar system. By considering a realworld, handson activity, students develop their understanding of time and distance. The mathematics necessary for the lesson relate to measuring time and distance as well as graphing to portray the data collected. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Bagel Algebra
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Description: In this Illuminations lesson, a real life exampletaken from a bagel shopis used to get students to think about solving a problem symbolically. Students must decipher a series of equations and interpret results to understand the point that the bagel shop s owner is trying to make about the price of his bagels compared to that of his competitor. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Gallery Walk
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students view the work of other students in the class and explain their own work. Students move from graph to graph during this time and, without any talking, view the work of their classmates. While on their Gallery Walk, the students think about the data their classmates plotted and whether or not the information accompanying each graph seems appropriate. Each pair of students then stands next to their own work and explains one of the graphs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12

