ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Science (9  12) Title: What's Wrong With Global Climate Change? I Like it Warm!
Description: Students will identify factors that affect the solubility of a salt and test one of the factors (temperature). They will apply their experience to ocean salinity, the effects of temperature on the composition of ocean water, and what effects that could have.
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12) Title: Investigating Parabolas in Standard Form
Description: Students explore the coefficients of a quadratic function using a graphing calculator. This is an inquiry lesson to be used as an introduction to translations and dilations of functions.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 (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 (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 Technology Education (9  12) Title: Math is Functional
Description: This lesson is a technologybased 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 yintercept 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 technologybased 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.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Exact Ratio
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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
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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: 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,Science Title: Do You Hear What I Hear?
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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: Traveling Distances
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students interpret the meaning of the slope and yintercept of a graph of 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 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: 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: The Effects of Outliers
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart 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 computerbased 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,Science Title: Northwestern Crows
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use rational functions to investigate the feeding behavior of Northwestern Crows. Biologists have observed that northwestern crows consistently drop a type of mollusk called a whelk from a mean height of about 5 meters. Students investigate the relationship between the height of the drop and the number of drops by viewing a video clip; then, they plan a classroom experiment to model the dropping of whelks in order to collect and analyze data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Tube Viewer Simulation
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Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates the effect of viewing an image through a tube. As students move the location of the person or change the length of the tube, the image and measurements also change. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 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: Egg Launch Contest
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Description: Students will represent quadratic functions as a table, with a graph, and with an equation. They will compare the data and move between the representations. They will use a calculator as a tool to determine the equations for the functions and view the graphs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: WhelkCome to Mathematics
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Description: In this fourlesson unit, from Illuminations, students make a conjecture, conduct an experiment, analyze data and work to a conclusion using rational functions to investigate the behavior of Northwestern Crows. Sea gulls and crows feed on various types of mollusks by lifting them into the air and dropping them onto a rock to break open their shells. Biologists have observed that northwestern crows consistently drop a type of mollusk called a whelk from a mean height of about 5 meters. Students investigate the relationship between the height of the drop and the number of drops. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Isosceles Triangle Investigation
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Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to investigate the relationship between the area of the triangle and the length of its base. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Least Squares Regression
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Description: In this ninelesson unit, from Illuminations, students interpret the slope and yintercept of least squares regression lines in the context of reallife 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: 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: The Centroid and the Regression Line
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Description: This lesson, one of a multipart 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 computerbased 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,Science Title: Conduct an Experiment
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use rational functions to investigate the feeding behavior of Northwestern Crows. Biologists have observed that northwestern crows consistently drop a type of mollusk called a whelk from a mean height of about 5 meters. Students investigate whether the crows minimize their work by dropping whelks as they do. The amount of work depends upon the height of the drop and the number of times the crow has to fly to this height. To answer the question, students explore the relationship between the height of the drop and the number of drops needed. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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

