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Lower graders explore recursive patterns. They use a calculator to recognize, generate, and explore patterns during arithmetic explorations. The unit provides several assignments of an exploratory nature designed to assist in developing mathematical thinking and reasoning.
The class explores the concept of complex numbers on a website to generate their own Mandelbrot sets. They will practice performing operations with complex numbers and then to get a visual understanding, graph the absolute value of a complex number. Students take notes from a website about complex numbers.
Students apply divisibility rules to determine if a number is a factor of another number. For this divisibility rules to determine if a number is a factor of another number lesson, students discuss what numbers are factors of another number. Students identify patterns using divisibility rules.
Students investigate apple production. In this production of goods lesson, students study the stickers on the apples and identify where the apples were grown. Students identify the location on the map and create a flow chart to show how the apples get from the orchard to their home.
Eighth graders examine the structure of state government. For this West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders research Internet and print sources for information about the branches of the state's government. Students use online resources to investigate the state's financial health and compile their findings into a graph.
Students create art in order to vent their frustrated feelings. This is to replace any behavior that is done verbally or physically and is used as a classroom management tool. They practice the skills of using primes, multiples, composites, squares, odds, and even numbers.
Learners examine the relationship between income levels and social class. Using the Internet, they read various stories in which they guess what the social class of each character and answer discussion questions. They develop graphs to compare the social class of the scenarios in a worksheet.
Students explore the concept of conditional probability and probability of simultaneous events. In this conditional probability and probability of simultaneous events lesson, students roll dice or use and applet to roll dice to determine probability of a particular outcome. Students try to predict the probability of members of their group winning.