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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Adding Up Stats
Description: In groups, students will conduct surveys and collect the data from their surveys. Then they will analyze the data and create various methods of displaying the collected data.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: A Piece of Pi
Description: This lesson uses graphing to help students understand that pi is a constant and is the slope of the line graphed on a circumference vs. diameter graph.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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 (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: The Composition of Seawater
Description: This lesson develops student understanding of ocean water as a true solution. It demonstrates the differences of salinity and "salt" water. This lesson prepares the student to be able to apply the concepts of temperature, density, and layering of the oceans before conducting a lab dealing with these variables.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 - 12)
Title: Statistically Thinking
Description: The object of this project is for students to learn how to find univariate and bivariate statistics for sets of data. Also, the students will be able to determine if two sets of data are linearly correlated and to what degree. The students will use Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel to find, organize, and present their projects to the class.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Math is Functional
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students extend graphing of linear functions to the use of spreadsheet software. After students have become proficient in constructing a table of values, students are able to efficiently graph equations with more extensive computational requirements. Furthermore, inquiry and discovery about slope and y-intercept will help students conceptualize material normally presented in Algebra I textbooks.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: You Mean ANYTHING To The Zero Power Is One?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based project to reinforce concepts related to the Exponential Function. It can be used in conjunction with any textbook practice set. Construction of computer models of several Exponential Functions will promote meaningful learning rather than memorization.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Payroll Spreadsheet
Description: Spreadsheet software allows you to calculate numbers arranged in rows and columns for specific financial tasks. This activity allows students to create an "Employee Work/Pay Schedule" spreadsheet to reinforce spreadsheet skills. Students will practice spreadsheet skills by entering data, creating formulas, and using formatting commands.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12)
Title: Swimming Pool Math
Description: Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.


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Subject: Mathematics, Science
Title: How Old Are the Stars?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine the age of a star cluster by observing, measuring, and plotting astronomical data. They examine the Jewelbox cluster, located within the southern constellation Crux, and determine its age using a relationship between temperature, color, and luminosity. Before beginning this lesson, students should understand the life cycle and composition of stars. Students should also understand the relationship between temperature and color.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Automobile Mileage: Year 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 in the resulting equation for 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 interpret them in the context of the real-life application. Students also make decisions about the age and mileage of automobiles based on the equation 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: 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,Science
Title: Shedding the Light      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson unit, from Illuminations, students investigate a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water. The goal of this investigation is a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students examine the way light changes as water depth increases, conduct experiments, explore related algebraic functions using an interactive Java applet and analyze the data collected.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Line of Best Fit      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows the user to enter a set of data, plot the data on a coordinate grid, and determine the equation for a line of best fit. Students can choose to display a line of best fit based on their visual approximation as well as a computer-generated least-squares regression line.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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: Mathematics
Title: Think of a Graph       Add Bookmark
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,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,Science
Title: Do You Hear What I Hear?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the dynamics of a sound wave. Students use an interactive Java applet to view the effects of changing the initial string displacement and the initial tension.
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
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: 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: Health,Mathematics,Science
Title: Reflecting on Your Work      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They apply the methods they explored in the previous lesson to two new situations: analyzing sediment flow in a river and blood flow in the brain.
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: Mathematics as Communication      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, focuses on interpreting and creating graphs that are functions of time. Students complete four activity sheets that focus on graphs of time vs. speed and how many times an event occurred in a specific amount of time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Movie Lines      Add Bookmark
Description: This Illuminations lesson allows students to apply their knowledge of linear equations and graphs in an authentic situation. Students plot data points corresponding to the cost of DVD rentals and interpret the results.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: The Centroid and the Regression Line      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 centroid of a data set and its significance for the line fitted to the data.
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: 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,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: Determining Functions Using Regression      Add Bookmark
Description: In these two lessons, students collect data and graph the data. They will analyze the data and use regression on a calculator to find the function of best fit for each.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Road Rage      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use remote-controlled cars to create a system of equations. The solution of the system corresponds to the cars crashing. Multiple representations are woven together throughout the lesson, using graphs, scatter plots, equations, tables, and technological tools. Students calculate the time and place of the crash mathematically, and then test the results by crashing the cars into each other.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: On Top of the World      Add Bookmark
Description: If you were standing on the top of Mount Everest, how far would you be able to see to the horizon? In this lesson, students will consider two different strategies for finding an answer to this question. The first strategy is algebraic-students use data about the distance to the horizon from various heights to generate a rule. The second strategy is geometric-students use the radius of the Earth and right triangle relationships to construct a formula. Then, students compare the two different rules based on ease of use as well as accuracy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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