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Yellow Starburst - Dan Meyer Three Act Task

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This lesson is designed to introduce students to probability using Dan Meyer's three-act-task, Yellow Starburst. After viewing a brief introductory video clip, students are asked to determine how many Starburst packs have exactly one yellow Starburst and how many packs will have exactly two yellow Starbursts.

9/24/2014 Trey Cox
7.SP.A.2 7.SP.C.6 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 7 Activity

Wile E. Coyote - Modeling with Trigonometric Functions (Writing project)

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This project requires students to mathematically model the design of a roller coaster using a sinusoidal function to estimate the total cost of construction.   *If an instructor would like a student solution just contact one of the authors. 

6/30/2015 Trey Cox
HSF-TF.B.5 HSF-TF.B.7 HSF-IF.A.2 HSF-IF.B.4 HSF-IF.B.5 HSF-IF.C.7 HSF-IF.C.7e HSF-BF.A.1 MP.1 MP.2 MP.4 MP.5 HS Activity

Wile E. Coyote - Modeling with Quadratic Functions (Writing project)

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This is a creative writing project (dealing with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner) dealing with modeling falling bodies with quadratics and solving quadratic equations. An optional aspect is to have students estimate the instantaneous rate of change.

3/29/2014 Trey Cox
HSF-IF.B.5 HSF-IF.B.6 HSF-IF.C.7c HSF-IF.C.7a HSF-BF.A.1c HSF-LE.A.3 MP.1 MP.3 MP.4 MP.5 MP.6 HS Activity

Why do we need MAD?

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Students will wonder why we need to have a value that describes the spread of the data beyond the range. If we give them three sets of data that have the same mean, median, and range and yet are clearly differently shaped then perhaps they will see that the MAD has some use.

9/4/2014 Trey Cox
6.SP.A.3 6.SP.B.4 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 MP.5 MP.7 6 Activity

Who’s the Best Home Run Hitter of All time?

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This lesson requires students to use side-by-side box plots to make a claim as to who is the "best home run hitter of all time" for major league baseball.

9/4/2014 Trey Cox
6.SP.B.4 6.SP.B.5 6.SP.B.5a 6.SP.B.5b 6.SP.B.5c 6.SP.B.5d 6.SP.A.3 6.SP.A.2 7.SP.B.3 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 MP.5 MP.7 6 7 Activity

What is my portion of the bill?

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12/18/2014 Trey Cox
6.RP.A.3 6.RP.A.3c MP.4 MP.5 6 Assessment

What does division mean and how do you do it?

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This activity focuses on the idea of divsion and challenges students to make sense of what division means and helps students to make sense of the traditional algorithm of "long division."

10/1/2014 Scott Adamson
3.OA.A.2 3.OA.A.3 3.OA.A.4 3.OA.B.5 3.OA.B.6 3.OA.C.7 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 MP.7 MP.8 3 Activity

Valentine Marbles

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For this task, Minitab software was used to generate 100 random samples of size 16 from a population where the probability of obtaining a success in one draw is 33.6% (Bernoulli). Given that multiple samples of the same size have been generated, students should note that there can be quite a bit of variability among the estimates from random samples and that on average, the center of the distribution of such estimates is at the actual population value and most of the estimates themselves tend to cluster around the actual population value. Although formal inference is not covered in Grade 7 standards, students may develop a sense that the results of the 100 simulations tell them what sample proportions would be expected for a sample of size 16 from a population with about successes.

9/4/2014 Trey Cox
7.SP.A.2 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 MP.5 MP.6 7 Activity

Understanding probability using a deck of cards

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This activity is to familiarize your students with a standard deck of cards. Have your students get into groups of 2 or 3 and walk them through the beginning part. You can chose to have your students simplify each probability as a fraction or round to the thousandths place. Hopefully the students will see that all of the probabilities they find will always be between 0 and 1 inclusive.

3/2/2017 Ashley Nicoloff
7.SP.C.5 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.6 MP.7 MP.8 5 6 7 8 HS Activity

Two Pails

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This problem will challenge you to think about how to acquire 5 gallons of water if the only tools that you have are a 3 gallon pail and a 7 gallon pail. A great logic problem!

10/6/2015 Lynda Boepple
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Tree Diagrams and Compound Probabilities

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Goal: The goal of this activity is for students to understand how to find probabilities of compound events by drawing tree diagrams and listing out sample spaces. Depending on the grade level, with or without replacement events can also be used and illustrated. Materials Needed: Each person in the group will need a copy of the worksheet.

11/16/2016 Ashley Nicoloff
7.SP.C.8 7.SP.C.8a 7.SP.C.8b MP.1 MP.4 MP.5 MP.8 6 7 8 Activity

Transforming a Sine Function

This applet allows the user to transform the coefficients of a sine function and see how it changes the resulting graph.

6/5/2014 Phillip Clark
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To Rent or Not to Rent....

An real world intro activity to solving systems of equations using a graph.

6/5/2014 Ashley Morris
8.EE.C.8c 8.EE.C.8b HSA-CED.A.2 HSA-REI.C.6 MP.1 MP.3 MP.4 MP.6 8 HS Activity

Titanic & Two-Way Tables (Illustrative Mathematics)

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This is the first task in the series of three, which ask related questions, but use different levels of scaffolding. Also, the third task uses a more detailed version of the data table. The emphasis is on developing their understanding of conditional probability.

4/17/2015 Trey Cox
HSS-CP.A.1 HSS-CP.A.2 HSS-CP.A.3 HSS-CP.A.4 HSS-CP.A.5 HSS-CP.B.6 HSS-CP.B.7 HSS-CP.B.8 7.SP.C.8a 7.SP.C.8b 8.SP.A.4 MP.1 MP.3 MP.4 MP.5 MP.7 HS 7 8 Activity

Titanic - Two Way Tables

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Two way tables help us in so many ways...association and probability are just two! This PP is classroom ready to use with your 8th grade or high school students. 

4/11/2015 Trey Cox
8.SP.A.4 HSS-CP.A.3 HSS-CP.A.4 HSS-CP.B.6 HSS-CP.B.7 HSS-CP.B.8 8 HS Resource

Thinking About Exponents

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The idea of negative exponents and zero as an exponent is a problem that persists with students into a college calculus class. What is, for example, 2-4 and why? This activity is designed to help students to make sense of exponents from a real-world context.  By the way, I plan to follow this up with an extension including rational exponents like 21/2.

10/23/2014 Scott Adamson
8.EE.A.1 6.EE.A.1 MP.1 MP.2 MP.3 MP.4 MP.6 MP.7 MP.8 6 7 HS 8 Activity

Theoretical vs Empirical Probability-Dice Activity

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9/16/2016 Ashley Nicoloff
7.SP.C.6 7.SP.C.5 7.SP.C.8 7.SP.C.8b MP.1 MP.2 MP.4 MP.7 MP.8 7 Activity