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Engage your class in a lesson that requires them to find solutions to linear equations with the help of a graphing calculator. They define the term variable and enter different linear equations on a coordinate plane. The lesson includes several examples to be used by the teacher.
Over the course of three class periods, middle schoolers design an experiment to provide learner input to administration about which rock band to invite to play at school. They practice several random sampling exercises, all well supported in this resource with reproducibles and clear directions for learners.
As an introductory activity, young statisticians measure their heart rate at rest and after exercise and compute the mean and median, and create a box & whisker plot. This is followed by watching a video (that no longer seems to exist on the linked site) that introduces the relationship between exercise and one’s health. They then engage in some form of aerobic activity for two weeks and record their results in a journal. Note: A number of the links to websites no longer exist.
Mathematicians use an inquiry method to solve linear equations. For this linear equations lesson, young scholars practice solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They solve multi-step equations and equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign. Each section features a class discussion, and work sample questions. The final activity requires students to work in small groups to plan a one-day trip to France.
What can a middle schooler do in 90 minutes? He can practice using the commutative, associative and distributive properties of addition and multiplication. He can also simplify expressions using the commutative, associative and distributive properties. Now that's time well spent!