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Intersections II

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
How many intersections can two absolute value functions have? Young scholars consider the question and then develop a set of rules that describe the number of solutions a given system will have. Using the parent function and the standard...
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Integer Solutions

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Experiment with integer relationships. Young scholars consider integers that have a sum of 10. They begin with two integers, then three, four, and more. As they consider each situation, they discover patterns in the possible solutions.
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Say v. Think

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Getting students ready for a model United Nations? Clarify some of the common terms in a Model UN meeting with a matching learning exercise. Learners read the official committee line and pair it with its intention.
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Symbolic Similarity

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
How many things does one transformation tell you? Learners compare and contrast the graphs of different parent functions with the same transformation. Using a rational and absolute value function, pupils identify key features of their...
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Strings and Areas

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
You'd be surprised what you can do with a string! The constraint is the length of string, and the task is to maximize area. Given a series of composite shapes, learners must create a formula for the maximum area for a specified...
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Circling Trains

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
And round and round the park we go! Given a description of an amusement park with the locations of three attractions connected by walkways, learners consider what happens when additional attractions join the mix by doubling the length of...
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Center of Population

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Let the resource take center stage in a lesson on population density. Scholars use provided historical data on the center of the US population to see how it shifted over time. They plot the data on a spreadsheet to look the speed of its...
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Identifying Narrative Perspective

For Students 6th - 10th
To demonstrate their understanding of point of view, young readers identify the narrative perspective of excerpts from popular novels and then explain how they were able to identify the point of view of the passage.
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Swimming Pool I

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
Take a dive into a three-dimensional task. Given a specific surface area, individuals must maximize the volume of a cylindrical swimming pool. They combine their understanding of surface area and volume to create a cubic function that...
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Sum and Product

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
From linear to quadratic with a simple operation. An exploratory lesson challenges learners to find two linear functions that, when multiplied, produce a given parabola. The task includes the graph of the sum of the functions as well as...
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Squares and Cubes

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
The task is simple, but the solution is a little more complex. Learners must find the smallest number that results in a perfect square when multiplied by two and a perfect cube when multiplied by three. The task requires an analysis of...
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Square-Ness

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
Are there some rectangles that are more square than others? A thought-provoking task asks individuals to create a formula that objectifies the square-ness of a set of rectangles. They then use their formulas to rank a set of rectangles.
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Heights and Weights

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Height is dependent on weight—or is it the other way around? Given data from a physicians handbook, individuals compare the height and weight of males and females at different areas. They calculate differences and ratios to assist with...
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Graphing Elements

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
How do you graph a sentence? Scholars do just that as they represent relationships between independent and dependent variables with a graphical representation. Given a sentence, they determine the pertinent relationship and create a...
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Graphical Depictions

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Parent functions and their combinations create unique graphical designs. Learners explore these relationships with a progressive approach. Beginning with linear equations and inequalities and progressing to more complex functions,...
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Gestation and Longevity

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Is the gestation length of an animal a predictor of the average life expectancy of that animal? Learners analyze similar data for more than 50 different animals. They choose a data display and draw conclusions from their graphs.