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#### Utah Middle School Math Project: 8th Grade

Prepare eighth graders for high school math and science classes with a collection of 10 lessons that help tweens make the transition from acquiring basic knowledge to applying it in more complex situations. These Common Core-aligned...

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#### Grade 8, Claim 1: Concepts and Procedures Item Slide Shows

Ten resources make up a collection of student and teacher-friendly slides that prepare eighth graders for the Smarter Balance assessment. Learners review rational and irrational numbers, convert repeating decimals to fractions, as well...

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#### EngageNY Grade 8 Math Module 4: Linear Equations

A 31-lesson unit boosts eighth-graders' math skills, specifically linear equations. By way of direct instruction, guided practice, collaborative learning opportunities, and independent practice, mathematicians write and solve linear...

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#### Airplanes and Airstrips Part 1

Line up to the airstrip. Using interactive graphing software, pupils determine the line that will allow a plane to safely land on a runway. Class members create their own landing strips and share with classmates to find the equation of...

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#### Airplanes and Airstrips Part 2

Table the decision to land. Pupils form flight crews by matching up different representations of linear equations. Given a set of coordinates for an airstrip, the crews determine the equation of the line that will position their planes...

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#### Exploring Genetics Across the Middle School Science and Math Curricula

Where is a geneticist's favorite place to swim? A gene pool. Young geneticists complete hands-on activities, experiments, and real-world problem solving throughout the unit. With extra focus on dominant and recessive genes, Punnett...

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#### Saxon Math Course 2

Add some variety to your school or district's math curriculum with this comprehensive collection of materials. Offering over 900 pages of Saxon Math lessons, worksheets, and activities, this resource is a gold mine for any middle school...

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#### Interpret the Rate of Change/Slope and Intercepts within the Context of Everyday Life

This video demonstrates everything about slope as it goes through a variety of examples depicting rate of change in more than just linear graphs. Show your learners that slope can be found in the world around them, such as in race times...

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#### Finding Slope of a Line from Graphs, Tables, and Ordered Pairs

Middle schoolers explore the concept of slope in numerous ways and start to look at simple linear equations. They describe the slope in a variety of ways such as the steepness of a line, developing a ratio, using graphs, using similar...

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#### Ramp It Up

Pupils gather measurements of real-world objects that have slopes. They then plot the measurements and find an equation of a line that fits the measurements. Finally, groups investigate the ADA and determine whether different ramps meet...

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#### Direct Variation (Distance = Rate x Time) Example

Speed through a direct variation example. The presented problem uses a distance-rate-time problem as an example of a direct variation problem. Using the slope between two points of time and distance, the video shows learners how to...

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#### Graphing Lines

Ready to increase pupils' understanding of slope with an upward slope? Scholars use an interactive that allows users to move two points on a coordinate plane. The interactive then automatically calculates the slope, the slope-intercept...

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#### Straight Line Graphs

Develop graphs by following the pattern. The resource provides opportunities for reviewing graphing linear equations. Pupils create tables to graph linear equations by using patterns whenever possible. The worksheet and video are part of...

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#### Smarter Balanced Sample Items: 8th Grade Math – Claim 2

Math can be a problem in eighth grade. Sample items show how problem solving exists within the eighth grade standards. Part of the Gr. 8 Claim 2 - 4 Item Slide Shows series, the presentation contains eight items to illustrate the...

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#### Math Made Simple as 1-2-3: Simplified Educational Approach to Algebra

Writing an equation of a line is as easy as m and b. A lesson presentation gives individuals different strategies for writing equations of lines. Some items provide a slope and a point while others provide two points. Whatever the given,...

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#### Similar Triangles and Linear Functions

What do similar triangles have to do with linear equations? Building on prior knowledge of similar triangles, learners discover that the slope of the sides of similar triangles is the same. They make their discoveries while graphing...

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#### Styrofoam Cups

How many cups does it take to reach the top? Learners attempt to answer this through a series of questions. They collect dimension information and apply it to creating a function. The lesson encourages various solution methods and...

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#### Slope in the Coordinate Plane: Lesson

Rise and run to find slope. Given a graph of a line, the presentation shows how to find the slope by determining the rise and the run. The resource, part of an extensive geometry playlist, reveals the four basic slopes of lines.

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#### Walk the Plank

Ahoy Mateys, it's time to walk the plank! A pirate-inspired activity has pupils record their relative weights as they walk farther down a plank. The result is a real-life linear model with a negative slope.

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#### Linear Inequalities

An interactive lesson helps individuals learn to graph inequalities in two variables. Scholars can adjust the interactive to present the inequalities in standard or slope-intercept form.

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#### Linear Function Machine

What goes in must come out! Learners play with a function machine to determine the correct function. They enter input values and watch as the machine produces the output.

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#### Graphs of Linear Functions: Line Designs

Designs from lines are sublime. Scholars create colorful designs by connecting points on an interactive coordinate plane. They answer questions about slope and quadrants based on their designs.

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#### Slope

What does slope have to do with lines? Pupils work with lines and determine the slope of the lines informally and with the slope formula. Groups use their knowledge to calculate the slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines. They also...

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#### The Slope of a Non-Vertical Line

This lesson introduces the idea of slope and defines it as a numerical measurement of the steepness of a line. Pupils then use the definition to compare lines, find positive and negative slopes, and notice their definition holds for...