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Estimating Pi by Throwing Darts
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You can throw a collection of randomly-generated darts at a target. Some ...

You can throw a collection of randomly-generated darts at a target. Some hit, some miss. We can use this to estimate Pi. Recommendation: Double-click the geogebra window to open separately. You may then simply use F9 to regenerate a new set o

Subject:
Geometry
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
GeoGebra
Provider Set:
GeoGebraTube
Estimating Planar Areas Using Analogue Methods
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This math problem determines the areas of simple and complex planar figures ...

This math problem determines the areas of simple and complex planar figures using measurement of mass and proportional constructs. Materials are inexpensive or easily found (poster board, scissors, ruler, sharp pencil, right angle), but also requires use of an analytical balance (suggestions are provided for working with less precise weighing tools). This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Estimations and Approximations: The Money Munchers
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This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students ...

This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to: Model a situation; make sensible, realistic assumptions and estimates; and use assumptions and estimates to create a chain of reasoning, in order to solve a practical problem.

Subject:
Geometry
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Shell Center for Mathematical Education
U.C. Berkeley
Provider Set:
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
Experimenting with STEM: The Barbie Bungee Jump
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Eighth grade teacher Patrick Roda has students apply their knowledge of the ...

Eighth grade teacher Patrick Roda has students apply their knowledge of the line of best fit to design successful bungee jumps. He tells students that they will test their bungee jumps in the stairwell, with the goal of getting Barbie as close to the ground as possible without touching the bottom step. Patrick has his students begin by constructing a bungee with two rubber bands, attaching a Barbie, and measuring how far the Barbie falls. Students add more rubber bands, perform multiple trials, and record their results in a table. Using their collected data, students construct a scatter plot and determine an equation for the line of best fit. After making predictions about the performance of their bungee jumps, the students test their bungee jumps and discuss their results as a class.

Subject:
Engineering
Algebra
Functions
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Fire: Estimating Percent
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This activity will help you to learn about percents! In the activity, ...

This activity will help you to learn about percents! In the activity, you will be estimating the percent of trees burned and the number that actually burned in a devastating forest fire.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Found Pounds
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In this measurement lesson plan students use their estimation and reasoning skills ...

In this measurement lesson plan students use their estimation and reasoning skills to develop benchmarks for an ounce and a pound. Students test the accuracy of their estimates using a scale and give themselves a score based on how close they came to the desired weight (an ounce or a pound). This lesson plan includes a student data collection worksheet (PDF).

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Author:
Caitlin LeBlanc Dankanich
Fractional Clothesline
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This lesson fosters a student's conceptual fraction sense with proper fractions, improper ...

This lesson fosters a student's conceptual fraction sense with proper fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers by placing thirty fraction cards in order between given whole numbers on a number line clothesline. Users will visually identify that all proper fractions are grouped between zero and one, and that improper fractions or mixed numbers are all grouped above one. Users also play an estimation game with groups using the same principle. Instructional plan, questions for the students, assessment options, extensions, and teacher reflections are given.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Author:
Corey Heitschmidt
Fraction Game
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This applet allows students to individually practice working with relationships among fractions ...

This applet allows students to individually practice working with relationships among fractions and ways of combining fractions. It is an online, one person game, with immediate feedback on incorrect moves. All instructions for this fun visual game are included and illustrated.

Subject:
Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Fraction Matcher
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Match shapes and numbers to earn stars in this fractions game. Challenge ...

Match shapes and numbers to earn stars in this fractions game. Challenge yourself on any level you like. Try to collect lots of stars! The main topics of this interactive simulation include fractions, equivalent fractions, and mixed numbers.

Subject:
Ratios and Proportions
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Ariel Paul
Kathy Perkins
Mike Dubson
Noah Podolefsky
PhET Interactive Simulations
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Fractions: Intro
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Explore fractions while you help yourself to 1/3 of a chocolate cake ...

Explore fractions while you help yourself to 1/3 of a chocolate cake and wash it down with 1/2 a glass of orange juice! Create your own fractions using fun interactive objects. Match shapes and numbers to earn stars in the fractions games. Challenge yourself on any level you like. Try to collect lots of stars!

Subject:
Ratios and Proportions
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Ariel Paul
Kathy Perkins
Mike Dubson
PhET Interactive Simulations
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Fun with Fractions
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In this five lesson unit with overview from Illuminations, student activities explore ...

In this five lesson unit with overview from Illuminations, student activities explore relationships among fractions through work with the length model. Students construct fraction strips and use fraction bars throughout the unit to make sense of basic fraction concepts, to compare fractions and order fractions and to work with equivalency in fractions. Specific learning objectives, a material list, an instructional plan, questions for the students, assessment options, extensions, and teacher reflections are given for each lesson.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Author:
Tracy Y. Hargrove
Get the Turtle to the Pond
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This interactive lesson encourages young students to solve problems by estimating angles ...

This interactive lesson encourages young students to solve problems by estimating angles and distances. They use an applet to give LOGO-like commands, e.g. forward (length), turn (right or left) to make a path that moves a turtle to a pond. Students can create a Path 1 and Path 2 and try to minimize the total path length. There is a newer applet (Turtle Pond, cataloged separately) that allows for adding or editing the commands and a choice of right angles only, or angles in multiples of 15 degrees. The lesson provides suggestions for implementation and discussion questions.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Author:
L.O.Cannon, et.al. (Univ. of Utah)
Give An Inch, Take A Foot
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In this activity students practice measuring techniques by measuring different objects and ...

In this activity students practice measuring techniques by measuring different objects and distances around the classroom. They practice using different scales of measurement in metric units and estimation.

Subject:
Engineering
Measurement and Data
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Lesley Herrmann
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Global Health Estimates
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Estimates of global health indicators - which give insight into death and ...

Estimates of global health indicators - which give insight into death and disease rates, document advances in development, and help policymakers monitor progress - are absolutely essential for improving global health. Estimates, however, are always imperfect and are sometimes fiercely debated. Recently, new players from academia have entered the game of global health estimation, once the chief domain of United Nations agencies such as WHO. In November 2010, PLOS Medicine published a collection articles from a series of experts that provide insights and opinion on what estimates mean for global health and how to move forward with better data, measurement, coordination, and leadership. The collection includes the perspectives of WHO, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and stakeholders from low- and middle-income countries.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Data Set
Primary Source
Provider:
Public Library of Science
Provider Set:
Medicine and Health Sciences
How Big Is a Foot?
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In this math lesson, learners read the book "How Big Is a ...

In this math lesson, learners read the book "How Big Is a Foot?" by Rolf Myller to explore the need for a standard unit of measure. Students then create non-standard units (using their own footprints) and use the footprints to make "beds." This lesson guide includes a student activity sheet, questions for learners, assessment options, extensions, and reflection questions.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
How Big is Your Heart?
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This lesson emphasizes the connections between science and mathematics by using a ...

This lesson emphasizes the connections between science and mathematics by using a performance, or authentic, assessment format. Students will develop measurement skills as they relate the size of their fists to the size of their hearts. Students have the opportunity to explore applications involving their own hearts. An activity sheet (pdf) is included.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illuminations
Author:
Lisa M. Passarello and Francis (Skip) Fennell
How High Can a Super Ball Bounce?
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Students determine the coefficient of restitution (or the elasticity) for super balls. ...

Students determine the coefficient of restitution (or the elasticity) for super balls. Working in pairs, they drop balls from a meter height and determine how high they bounce. They measure, record and repeat the process to gather data to calculate average bounce heights and coefficients of elasticity. Then they extrapolate to determine the height the ball would bounce if dropped from much higher heights.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Mark Moldwin (now at University of Michigan, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences) (This activity was classroom tested in second grade classes at El Rincon Elementary and Linwood E. Howe Elementary School within the Culver City Unified School District in California with additional support from a NSF Geosciences Education grant.)
Science and Engineering of the Environment of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) GK-12 Program,