ISKME's OER Fellowship, SEC STEM Educators 2013-2014

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Pan Balance

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Build up to algebraic thinking by exploring this balance tool using shapes of unknown weight. Challenge yourself to find the weight of each shape in one of six built-in sets or a random set.

Material Type: Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Connie Rivera

Slope and Equations of Lines through Points

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Algebra students need practice determining equations of lines given a pair of points, or the line parallel or perpendicular to a given line through a given point. This Demonstration, along with guiding worksheets or a teacher presentation, gives students a chance to see the relationships between these lines and points.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Wolfram Research

Express Yourself

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This lesson presents students with the abstract idea that letters represent unknown numbers or variables. Vocabulary pertinent to writing English phrases as algebraic expressions and sentences as equations and vice versa is introduced. A mathematics and language arts relationship is also stressed.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger

Guess My Number

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This problem asks the students to represent a sequence of operations using an expression and then to write and solve simple equations. The problem is posed as a game and allows the students to visualize mathematical operations. It would make sense to actually play a similar game in pairs first and then ask the students to record the operations to figure out each other's numbers.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Letha Goger

Modeling Situations With Linear Equations

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This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students use algebra in context, and in particular, how well students: explore relationships between variables in everyday situations; find unknown values from known values; find relationships between pairs of unknowns, and express these as tables and graphs; and find general relationships between several variables, and express these in different ways by rearranging formulae.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger

Problems of the Month: Tri- Triangles

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These algebra problems of the month are designed to be used schoolwide to promote a problem-solving theme at your school. Each problem is divided into five levels, Level A through Level E, to allow access and scaffolding for the students into different aspects of the problem and to stretch students to go deeper into mathematical complexity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Admin

CC Tasks: The Cycle Shop (HS Algebra)

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Task Description: The tasks in the unit access the full range of Depth of Knowledge including Recalling and Recognizing, Using Procedures, Explaining and Concluding and Making Connections, Extensions. This packet contains a curriculum-embedded CCLS aligned task and instructional supports. The task is embedded in a 4-5 week unit on Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan

Author: Admin

CC Tasks: Aussie Fir Tree (HS Algebra)

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Task Description: This task asks students to recognize geometric patterns, visualize and extend the pattern, generate a non-linear sequence, develop and algebraic generalization that models the growth of a quadratic function and verify the inverse relationship of the quadratic relationship. The Aussie Fir Tree task is a culminating task for a 2-3 week unit on algebra that uses the investigation of growing patterns as a vehicle to teach students to visualize, identify and describe real world mathematical relationships. Students who demonstrate mastery of the unit are able to solve the Aussie Fir Tree task in one class period.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan

Author: Admin

Printing Books

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Students explore the relationships among lines, slopes, and y-intercepts in the context of printing their algebra textbooks. Presented with a real-world problem, they use the cost structures of three companies to create and compare tables and graphs as they decide which printer should be chosen. The problem is then extended and ends with a letter to a Board of Education.

Material Type: Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger

Profit of a company

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This task compares the usefulness of different forms of a quadratic expression. Students have to choose which form most easily provides information about the maximum value, the zeros and the vertical intercept of a quadratic expression in the context of a real world situation. Rather than just manipulating one form into the other, students can make sense out of the structure of the expressions.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Letha Goger

Taking Its Toll

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In this lesson, students compare the price of a toll to the distance traveled, investigating data numerically and graphically to determine the per-mile charge. The central problem is to predict the toll to be charged by a new tollbooth to be added along the route. Work deals with scatter plots, line of best fit, and slope. Handouts and questions for class discussion are provided.

Material Type: Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger

CTE Health Sciences: False Positives

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and health sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger

CTE Health Sciences: Medication Dosage

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and health sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger

Chocolate Bar Sales

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In this task students use different representations to analyze the relationship between two quantities and to solve a real world problem. The situation presented provides a good opportunity to make connections between the information provided by tables, graphs and equations.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Letha Goger

Solving Linear Equations in One Variable

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This lesson unit is intended to help teachers assess how well students are able to: solve linear equations in one variable with rational number coefficients; collect like terms; expand expressions using the distributive property; and categorize linear equations in one variable as having one, none, or infinitely many solutions. It also aims to encourage discussion on some common misconceptions about algebra.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan

Author: Letha Goger