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Subject:
Human Services (8), or Mathematics (8)
Title:
Scatter Plotting: A Study in Aviation
Description:
In this lesson, students will be demonstrate some of the critical thinking skills for a career in aviation. Students will create a scatter plot to illustrate the relationship between the operation cost of a plane and and the number of seats on the plane. How can a pilot keep their operating costs down?
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Graph Chart
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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
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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
Title:
Apple Pie Recording Chart
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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:
Mathematics
Title:
Automobile Mileage: Age vs. Mileage
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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
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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
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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:
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:
Gallery Walk
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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
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Least Squares Regression
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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:
Printing Books
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Description:
In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the relationships among lines, slopes, and y-intercepts using the real-world situation of the printing of their textbook. They use data presented in tables, graphs, and equation form for problem-solving.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Taking Its Toll
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Description:
In this Illuminations lesson, students compare the price of a toll to the distance traveled. Students investigate data numerically and graphically to determine the per-mile charge, and they predict the cost if a new tollbooth were added along the route.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
Traveling Distances
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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:
How Did I Move?
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Description:
In this Illuminations lesson, students are provided with a method for understanding that for y = mx + b, m is a rate of change and b is the value when x = 0. This kinesthetic activity allows students to form a physical interpretation of slope and y-intercept by running across a football field. Students will be able to verbalize the meaning of the equation to reinforce understanding and discover that slope (or rate of movement) is the same for all sets of points given a set of data with a linear relationship.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Subject:
Mathematics
Title:
On Fire
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Description:
This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, introduces the components of a fire-safe and fire-wise environment. Students create a fire-wise location through calculations and measurement of percent slope, defensible space distance and various vegetation separation distances. The unit plan culminates with students designing a fire-wise property and testing their fire-wise IQ.
Thinkfinity Partner:
Illuminations
Grade Span:
6,7,8