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Geometry

Geometric Reflections

6-8
This lesson is based on the MTLT article, “Geometric Reflections: Why Should They Not Be Just a Flip?” by Dawn Teuscher, Shannon Dingman, Travis Olson, and Lisa Kasmer. In this lesson, students reflect points and figures to formulate a mathematical definition of reflection. Then, they identify and justify whether points and figures are reflections!
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Conditional Reasoning Online with Mastermind

6-8
This lesson is based on the MTLT article, “Conditional Reasoning Online with Mastermind” by Sean P. Yee, George J. Roy, and LuAnn Graul. This lesson engages students in using deductive and inductive reasoning as they play a game called Mastermind. 
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Measurement

Funky Protractors

3-5
This lesson is based on the MTLT  article, “Funky Protractors for Exploring Angle Measures” by Hamilton L. Hardison. In this lesson, students recognize and justify the validity of a tool and differentiate angularity from nonangular features.
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Forecast Accuracy

People are apt to complain about weather forecasts and their accuracy. This is your chance to do something about them - or at least to understand their accuracy. In this lesson, students will gather data and crunch numbers to find out whether the weather forecasters are doing their jobs. Read the story behind Forecast Accuracy here.
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Flat Cans

Aluminum cans get thrown out and run over - flattened. And when they do they provide a vehicle for students to construct their understanding of some important aspects of volume and surface area. Read the story behind Flat Cans here.
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Dollar Store Math

If you have taught math and you have shopped at the dollar store, how about combining the two? In this lesson students use toys from the dollar store to construct understanding of central data analysis and linear trends. Read the story behind Dollar Store Math here 
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Data Analysis and Probability

Analyze the Data

9-12
Students will analyze and graph the data taken.
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Data Analysis and Probability

Adjacent Circles

6-8
In this grades 6‑8 lesson, students are encouraged to discover all of the combinations for a given situation. They use problem-solving skills (including elimination and collection of organized data) to draw conclusions. The use of higher-level thinking skills (synthesis, analysis, and evaluations) is the overall goal.
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Number and Operations

Fact Families

Pre-K-2
In this lesson, the relationship of addition to subtraction is explored with books and with connecting cubes. Students search for related addition and subtraction facts for a given number using a virtual or actual calculator to find differences. They also investigate fact families when one addend is 0 as well as when the addends are the same.
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Algebra

Extending to Symbols

6-8
In Parts I and II of this investigation, students learn about the notion of equivalence in concrete and numerical settings. As students begin to use symbolic representations they use variables as place holders or unknowns. This part of the i-Math investigation illustrates the continued transition from the concrete balance view of equivalence to a more abstract view.
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Geometry

Hospital Locator

9-12
Students begin with a problem in a real-world context to motivate the need to construct circumcenters and then incenters of triangles and to make sense of these constructions in terms of bisecting sides and angles.
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Measurement

Exploring Diagonals and the Pythagorean Theorem

6-8
Students further explore square roots using the diagonals of rectangles. Using measurement, students will discover a method for finding the diagonal of any rectangle when the length and width are known, which leads to the Pythagorean Theorem.
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Measurement

Discovering the Area Formula for Triangles

6-8
In this lesson, students develop the area formula for a triangle. Students find the area of rectangles and squares, and compare them to the areas of triangles derived from the original shape.
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Geometry

Fair and Square: Using Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Activities to Maximize Area

3-5, 6-8
Students discover the relationships between area and perimeter as they prep for playing Square Off, a wonderful Calculation Nation® game. This lesson helps students understand the math of area and perimeter, which will help to maximize their scores when playing the game. Creating human-sized rectangles and working with geoboards provide concrete experiences before moving on to pictorial and abstract work with area and perimeter of rectangles.
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Number and Operations

Deep Sea Duel

3-5, 6-8
Using the online game Deep Sea Duel, students play a card game against Okta. The objective is to choose cards so that some subset of three cards within their hand has a particular sum. Students will play several variations of the game, attempt to identify a winning strategy, and compare the game to other games that they know. 
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Geometry

Cutting Conics

9-12
Students explore and discover conic sections by cutting a cone with a plane. Circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas are examined using the Conic Section Explorer tool. Physical manipulatives such as dough can optionally be used as well.
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Number and Operations

Big Math and Fries

6-8
We are lucky to live in an age where there is a lot of nutrition information available for the food we eat. The problem is that much of the data is expressed in percents and some of those percents can be misleading. This lesson is designed to enlighten students about how to calculate percent of calories from fat, carbohydrates, and protein. The calculations are made to determine if a person can follow the Zone Diet with only McDonald's food items.
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Algebra

Balancing Shapes

6-8
Students will balance shapes on the pan balance applet to study equality, essential to understanding algebra. Equivalent relationships will be recognized when the pans balance, demonstrating the properties of equality.
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Data Analysis and Probability

Barbie Bungee

6-8, 9-12
The consideration of cord length is very important in a bungee jump—too short, and the jumper doesn’t get much of a thrill; too long, and ouch! In this lesson, students model a bungee jump using a Barbie® doll and rubber bands. The distance to which the doll will fall is directly proportional to the number of rubber bands, so this context is used to examine linear functions.
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Number and Operations

Frogs on a Log

Pre-K-2
Students learn their first basic addition facts as they make the connection between counting and finding one more than a number. Students will manipulate frogs on a number line to represent adding 1 to a number.