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Subject: Literacy Standards (6-12) (11 - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: I'm Going to Design a "'STUD'y Muffin"
Description: This lesson is an introduction to help students see how people think and react to certain things.  This lesson highlights the differences between observational study, experiment, and survey, including biased and unbiased statements. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Something's Fishy: A Lesson in Biological Sampling
Description: Determining the population in a larger area by tagging. By using proper scientific method and careful sampling procedures, students learn how biologists work in the field to collect data about a population. Students will also calculate their percent error.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Graphical Analysis      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. Students examine a graph of the data then use an interactive graphing tool to investigate three different situations.
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: Adjustable Spinner      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to create their own spinners and examine the outcomes given a specified number of spins. Students learn that experimental probabilities differ according to the characteristics of the model.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Birthday Paradox      Add Bookmark
Description: This Illuminations lesson demonstrates the birthday paradox, using it as a springboard into a unit on probability. Students use the TI-83 graphing calculator to run a Monte Carlo simulation with the birthday paradox and engage in a graphical analysis of the birthday-problem function.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Explorations with Chance      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students analyze the fairness of certain games by examining the probabilities of the outcomes. The explorations provide opportunities for the learning phases of predicting results, playing the games, and calculating probability ratios.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Stick or Switch?      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, presents a version of a classic game-show scenario. You pick one of three doors in hopes of winning the prize. The host opens one of the two remaining doors, which reveals no prize, and then asks if you wish to stick or switch. Which choice gives you the best chance to win? Students explore different approaches to this problem including guesses, experiments, computer simulations, and theoretical models.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Sticks and Stones Demo      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to generate random throws for the game '' Sticks and Stones.'' In the game, three sticks are tossed and a player moves his or her marker according to how the sticks land.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Sticks and Stones      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students play Sticks and Stones, a game based on the Apache game Throw Sticks, which was played at multi-nation celebrations. Students collect data, investigate the likelihood of various moves, and use basic ideas of expected value to determine the average number of turns needed to win a game.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics, Physical Education
Title: Sports Rankings      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how mathematicians at the Rochester Institute of Technology are suggesting changes to the ranking systems in sports. Project leader Darren Narayan says the goal is to factor in head-to-head competition. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Whelk-Come to Mathematics      Add Bookmark
Description: In this four-lesson 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,Science
Title: Northwestern Crows      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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,Science
Title: Conduct an Experiment      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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: Shrinking Candles, Running Water, Folding Boxes      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, allows students to look for functions within a given set of data. After analyzing the data, the students should be able to determine the type of function that represents 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



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