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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 (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 (7 - 8)
Title: Heads Up!
Description: The lesson is a hands-on 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., stem-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker 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: Scale Drawings
Description: During this lesson students practice measuring and converting to scaled measurements. Students measure various places on campus, such as a classroom or the gym. They place their findings on a spreadsheet. After converting these measurements to a scaled version, students draw a scaled model.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Rise-Run Triangles      Add Bookmark
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 real-world examples of rate of change and slope.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: How Did I Move?      Add Bookmark
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 y-intercept 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
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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