ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (9  12) Title: Vectors Drive the Boat
Description: Using a combination of online exploration and teacher instruction students will discover that vectors have both magnitude and direction. They will be able to use vectors to represent problem situations. Students will also be will be able to perform basic operations on vectors.
Subject: English Language Arts (12), or English Language Arts (12), or Mathematics (9  12) Title: Swim the Open Sea: Analyzing Dual Vectors
Description: Students will explore the accomplishment and societal repercussions of Gertrude Ederle being the first woman to swim the English Channel. They will also model vectors representing the currents she had to face to accomplish these goals.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Learning about Properties of Vectors and Vector Sums Using Dynamic Software
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Description: In this twolesson unit, from Illuminations, students manipulate a velocity vector to control the movement of an object in a gamelike setting. They develop an understanding that vectors are composed of both magnitude and direction, and extend their knowledge of number systems to the system of vectors. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics Title: Sums of Vectors and Their Properties
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Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students manipulate a velocity vector to control the movement of an object in a gamelike setting. In the process, they extend their knowledge of number systems to the system of vectors. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Learning about Properties of Vectors and Vector Sums Using Dynamic Software: Components of a Vector
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Description: This eexample from Illuminations illustrates how using a dynamic geometrical representation can help students develop an understanding of vectors and their properties. Students manipulate a velocity vector to control the movement of an object in a gamelike setting. In this part, Components of a Vector, students will develop an understanding that vectors are composed of both magnitude and direction. In the second part, Sums of Vectors and Their Properties, students extend their knowledge of number systems to the system of vectors. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12

