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Learners find out the meaning for prefixes used in math vocabulary. By dissecting words used in everyday math, they figure out what the prefix indicates and what the word means. A variety of well-organized worksheets and activities provide multiple ways for kids to interact with these prefixes.
Learners differentiate the volume of a box to find dimensions that yield the largest volume. In this differentiating the volume of a box to find dthe dimensions that yield the largest volume lesson, students make a model of the box they will be differentiating. Learners design a box for a doughnut company that has the largest volume given a set size of cardboard. Students use their Ti-89 to differentiate the volume of their box.
Students explore geometric solids. In this geometry lesson, students listen to the book The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, then work in groups to sort geometric solids into various categories. Students define geometric solids vocabulary and complete a related attributes chart. Students build rectangular prisms with pretzel sticks and marshmallows.
Young scholars complete tasks. In this Seven Intelligences lesson, students complete a variety of activities that are all based on the seven different intelligences humans are supposed to possess based on Dr. Gardener's theory. They work in small groups at each station to complete each task. This lesson includes worksheets, instructions, and rubrics for each station.
Students design an environment that resembles a prehistoric cave. They use ancient rock art as inspiration for their own artistic expression. They demonstrate their understanding of the vocabulary, tools, and techniques used in prehistoric cave art and share their artwork with the class and discuss the meanings of their paintings.
Seventh graders use the distance formula to calculate the speed at which they walk and run and compare the two speeds. Students work in pairs to solve a problem for a box company (rectangular prism, volume and surface area). Students work in groups to solve area of triangle problems relating to a drum corp flag team.
Students can explain the causes of a tsunami and its effects. In this tsunami lesson, students create a tsunami generator. Students create waves with a metal plate. students create houses and find which designs last best in a tsunami. Students complete four trial of each building created. Students discuss results.
Explore the concept of area. Learners use area formulas for triangles, parallelograms, regular polygons, and circles to find the area of each figure. They solve a real-life area problem and write a short story about the problem and create a digital photo story using clip art.
Shape shifters recognize characteristics of polygons. Embracing language arts skills in addition to math, they use a thesaurus to pinpoint specific attributes of a set of polygons. They also participate in a 21-question guessing game using the attributes of polygons. This engaging lesson is helpful in addressing the Common Core initiative for geometry.
Underclassmen create a cone-shaped landform and then draw a contour map for it. Then they examine a quadrangle (which was easily located with an online search), and relate it to what they experienced. The accompanying worksheet is specifically written for the Wahtoke quadrangle in California, but you could imitate the worksheet using a local landform for increased interest. A crossword puzzle with topography terms is also included. Though this suggests that it is for a high school level, it is somewhat simplistic and may be better used in a middle school earth science or geography lesson.