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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Predict the Future?
Description: Students will use data collected and a "best-fit line" to make predictions for the future. The example the students will be working on for this lesson will demonstrate an exponential regression.


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 (9 - 12)
Title: Exponential Growth and Decay
Description: This lesson on exponential growth and decay involves a variety of teaching resources. There are a variety of websites used to teach and reinforce how to identify exponential growth or decay and how to solve problems relating to growth and decay. There is a lab provided that will help model these concepts being taught and computer based practice on these concepts. Videos are provided that give a picture image of how exponential growth and decay works. 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 (9 - 12), or Science (8 - 12)
Title: Density
Description: Density is the ratio of mass to volume. Density will be introduced to students by a demonstration of coke verses diet coke. The teacher will then solve density problems for the students on the board. The class will then complete a lab on the density of plastics. After lab the students will compare results. Each group will present a Powerpoint presentation of their results.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: 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: English Language Arts (9), or English Language Arts (9), or Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Marathon Math
Description: This unit on sequences and series is intended to help students make the connection from math to real life situations. Developing a marathon training program for a beginner runner is one simple way that students may use patterns in real life. The total mileage per week usually creates a pattern over time. Mathematical operations on patterns, sequences, and series enable students to do the calculations necessary for exploring the pattern. Students also explore nutrition information needed for a training program as proper nutrition is an important part of sports training.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Exact Ratio      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features a series of questions pertaining to exact ratios and geometric sequences. In the lesson, students measure lengths on stringed musical instruments and discuss how the placement of frets on a fretted instrument is determined by a geometric sequence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Make a Conjecture       Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They are asked to think about the mathematics involved in determining the amount of blood being pumped by a heart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Linear Alignment      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students explore linear equations and the effects of changing the slope and y-intercept on a line. It gives students exposure to y = mx + b, and can be used as an introduction to the topic. Using graphing calculators, students are challenged to overlap lines onto the sides of polygons. To achieve this goal, students change slopes and y-intercepts of lines, noting observations about behavior as they work. As students change the y-intercept of a line, they see it raise or lower the line. As students change the slope, they see it affect the steepness of the line.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Hearing Music, Seeing Waves      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible pre-activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, presents summary questions about the mathematics of music, specifically focused on sine waves and the geometric sequences of notes that are an octave apart.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics,Professional Development
Title: Building Bridges      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students attempt to make a transition from arithmetical to algebraic thinking by extending from problems that have single-solution responses. Values organized into tables and graphs are used to move toward symbolic representations. Problem situations involving linear, quadratic, and exponential models are employed.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Flowing Through Mathematics      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates water flowing from a tube through a hole in the bottom. The diameter of the hole can be adjusted and data can be gathered for the height or volume of water in the tube at any time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Automobile Mileage: Comparing and Contrasting      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Traveling Distances      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students interpret the meaning of the slope and y-intercept of a graph of real-life data. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students relate the slope and y-intercept of the least squares regression line to the real-life data. They also interpret the correlation coefficient of the resulting least squares regression line. This lesson incorporates an interactive regression line applet.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Effects of Outliers      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, provides students with the opportunity to investigate the relationship between a set of data points and a curve used to fit the data points, using a computer-based interactive tool. Using the Regression Line Applet, students investigate the effect of outliers on a regression line and easily see their significance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Seeing Music      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students calculate terms of a geometric sequence to determine frequencies of the chromatic scale. They then compare sine waves to see and hear the trigonometry behind harmonious and dissonant note combinations.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Seeing Music, Hearing Waves: Selected Answers and Solutions      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible teacher sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, provides selected solutions to an activity in which students calculate the frequencies of two octaves of a chromatic musical scale in standard pitch. Students then experiment with different combinations of notes and related sine waves to observe why some combinations of musical notes sound harmonious and others have a dissonance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Seeing Music, Hearing Waves      Add Bookmark
Description: Using this reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, students calculate the frequencies of two octaves of a chromatic musical scale in standard pitch. They then experiment with different combinations of notes and related sine waves to observe why some combinations of musical notes sound harmonious and others have a dissonance.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Bathtub Water Levels      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students examine real-life data that illustrates a negative slope. Students interpret the meaning of the negative slope and y-intercept of the graph of the real-life data. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students relate the slope and y-intercept of the least squares regression line to the real-life 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: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Fretting      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use their discoveries from the first lesson to place frets on a fretless instrument. They then compare geometric sequences with exponential functions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Apple Pie Recording Chart      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, prompts students to use strings and rulers to measure and record the distance around several round objects, as well as the distance across the middle of those objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: To Fret or Not to Fret       Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, presents a series of questions related to fretted instruments and geometric sequences. In the lesson, students compare geometric sequences with exponential functions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Graph Chart      Add Bookmark
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: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Not to Fret      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, presents a line drawing of a guitar's neck showing the location of the nut and the 12th fret. In the lesson, students measure lengths on stringed musical instruments and discuss how the placement of frets on a fretted instrument is determined by a geometric sequence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Least Squares Regression      Add Bookmark
Description: In this nine-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students interpret the slope and y-intercept of least squares regression lines in the context of real-life data. Students use an interactive applet to plot the data and calculate the correlation coefficient and equation of the least squares regression line. These lessons develop skills in connecting, communicating, reasoning, and problem solving as well as representing fundamental ideas about data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: To Fret or...      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity, from an Illuminations lesson, features questions dealing with measuring distances on fretted stringed instruments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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: Arts,Mathematics
Title: Exploring Measurement, Sequences, and Curves with Stringed Instruments      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students measure lengths on stringed musical instruments. They discuss how the placement of frets on a fretted instrument is determined by a geometric sequence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Mathematics
Title: To Fret or Not to Fret      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of two lessons, from Illuminations, students explore geometric sequences and exponential functions by considering the placement of frets on stringed instruments. They study the placement of frets on a fretted instrument then use their discoveries to place frets on a fretless instrument.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Automobile Mileage: Age vs. Mileage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students plot data about automobile mileage and interpret the meaning of the slope and y-intercept of the least squares regression line. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students analyze the meaning of the slope and y-intercept of the line and put those meanings in the context of the real-life 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      Add Bookmark
Description: This Illuminations lesson sets the stage for a discussion of travel in the solar system. By considering a real-world, hands-on 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: Gallery Walk      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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



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