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Model exponential decay.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 9th to 12th, High School
Functions
Algebra
Interpreting Functions
Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models
Seeing Structure in Expressions
HSA-SSE.B.3c, HSF-IF.B.4, HSF-IF.C.7e, HSF-IF.C.8b, HSF-LE.A.1a, HSF-LE.A.1c, HSF-LE.B.5, HSF-IF.A.1
Apply the strategies behind division, and learn how those strategies can be translated into mathematical steps.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 3rd to 5th
Num & Ops Base Ten
Algebraic Thinking
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Multiply and divide within 100.
Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.
3.OA.A.2, 3.OA.C.7, 4.NBT.B.6
Learn the definition of like terms and gain practice in identifying key features to sort and combine them.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 6th to 8th
Expression/Equation
Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
6.EE.A.2b, 6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.A.4, 6.EE.B.6, 7.EE.A.1
Construct perpendicular bisectors, find circumcenters, calculate area, and use proportions to solve a real world problem.
Lesson Plan
Grades: High School, 9th to 12th
Geometry
Congruence
HSG-CO.D.12
Construct a scale drawing of a regulation dartboard using geometry and measurement.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 6th to 8th
Ratio & Proportion
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
6.RP.A.1
Enforce the skills of identifying equivalent trigonometric expressions using puzzles.
Lesson Plan
Grades: High School, 9th to 12th
Geometry
Functions
Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry
Trigonometric Functions
HSF-TF.A.3, HSG-SRT.C.6, HSG-SRT.C.7, HSG-SRT.C.8, HSG-SRT.D.10, HSG-SRT.D.11
Make the connection between trigonometric rations and graphs of sine and cosine functions.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 9th to 12th, High School
Functions
Geometry
Trigonometric Functions
Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry
Interpreting Functions
HSF-IF.B.4, HSF-IF.B.5, HSF-IF.C.7e, HSF-TF.A.3, HSG-SRT.C.7, HSF-TF.A.2, HSF-TF.A.4, HSF-TF.B.5
Extend the Fibonacci Sequence through an algebra exploration.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 6th to 8th, 9th to 12th
Ratio & Proportion
Functions
Stats & Probability
Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Interpreting Functions
Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
6.RP.A.1, 8.SP.A.1, HSF-IF.A.3, 7.RP.A.2a
Use a clinometer (a measuring device built from a protractor) and isosceles right triangles to find the height of a building.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 6th to 8th
Stats & Probability
Develop understanding of statistical variability.
Summarize and describe distributions.
6.SP.A.3, 6.SP.B.5c, 6.SP.B.5d, 6.SP.A.1
Develop understanding of the terms quadrilateral, parallel, and right angle.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 3rd to 5th
Geometry
Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
Reason with shapes and their attributes.
3.G.A.1, 4.G.A.2, 5.G.B.3, 5.G.B.4, 4.G.A.1
Use base ten blocks to construct two- and three-digit numbers on a place value board. Then, play a game using base ten blocks to model numbers up to 100.
Lesson Plan
Grades: PreK to 2nd, Pre K to 2nd
Number & Operations
Algebraic Thinking
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
Understand place value.
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2, 1.NBT.B.2a, 1.NBT.B.2b, 1.NBT.B.2c, 1.NBT.C.4, 2.NBT.A.1a, 2.NBT.B.5, 2.NBT.B.6, 2.NBT.B.7
Use volume and unit rates to determine best values for hay bales.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 6th to 8th
Geometry
Expression/Equation
The Number System
Ratio & Proportion
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.
Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.
Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3b, 6.RP.A.3c, 6.G.A.2, 7.RP.A.1, 7.NS.A.3, 7.EE.B.3, 8.G.C.9
Use operations to discover patterns with integers in magic squares.
Lesson Plan
Grades: Pre K to 2nd
Algebraic Thinking
Number & Operations
Add and subtract within 20.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
K.OA.A.5, 1.OA.B.4, 1.OA.C.6, 1.NBT.C.4, 2.OA.B.2
Use proportions and similar figures to adjust the size of the New York City Subway Map so that it is drawn to scale.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 9th to 12th, 6th to 8th, High School
Geometry
Number & Quantity
Ratio & Proportion
Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry
Congruence
Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
Quantities
Draw construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.3a, 7.G.A.1, HSN-Q.A.3, 8.G.A.1a, 8.G.A.1b, 8.G.A.1c, 8.G.A.5, HSG-CO.A.1, HSG-SRT.A.2, HSG-SRT.A.3, HSG-SRT.B.4, HSG-SRT.B.5
Discover how to determine the appropriate number of digits that should be reported.
Lesson Plan
Grades: High School, 9th to 12th
Number & Quantity
Quantities
HSN-Q.A.3
Find all the possible arrays to design a package for 24 eggs.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 3rd to 5th
Measurement & Data
Num & Ops Base Ten
Algebraic Thinking
Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
4.OA.B.4, 4.NBT.B.5, 3.MD.C.7b
Use pattern blocks to create polygon "chains" and calculate the perimeter of the trains as they get longer.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 3rd to 5th
Measurement & Data
Algebraic Thinking
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
Generate and analyze patterns.
Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures.
3.MD.D.8, 4.OA.C.5, 4.MD.A.3
Manipulate and fold three paper circles to explore four circle theorems.
Lesson Plan
Grades: 9th to 12th
Geometry
Circles
HSG-C.A.2