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Quadratic Equations and Their Applications

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Show high schoolers there is more to quadratic functions than just formulas and parabolas. Connect the math to realistic application problems with a resource that has learners consider such situations as a ball hit in the air, the...
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Function Presentations (Unit Assessment)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Present the world to me! Participants develop presentations about functions they learned through research. They then share their ideas about how functions apply to global warming with the class.
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Function Presentation Practice (Unit Assessment)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Practice makes perfect! Presenters practice their function presentation before a partner or small group for evaluation before presenting their project to the whole class. Pupils can then incorporate ideas from peer review into the...
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The Power of Exponential Growth

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
How do you make a penny grow to $5,000 in just 15 days? Use the examples in this lesson to explore the concept of exponential growth and its comparison to linear models. Pupils come to understand that exponential growth eventually...
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Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Arithmetic and geometric sequences are linear and geometric patterns. Help pupils understand the relationship and see the connection with an activity that asks them to write the rules and classify the patterns correctly. A sorting...
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STEM: Lou-Vee Air Car

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A comprehensive lesson plan on acceleration awaits your physicists and engineers! Two YouTube videos pique their interest, then sample F=ma problems are worked and graphed. The highlight of the lesson plan is the building of a Lou-Vee...
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Linear and Exponential Functions

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
This comprehensive unit on linear and exponential functions provides numerous clearly-written worksheets. Topics include graphing linear equations, solving systems of equations algebraically and by graphing, identifying the domain and...
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Population and Food Supply

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What does it mean for something to grow exponentially, and how does that compare to linear growth? This activity tries to help learners gain an understanding of these concepts while modeling real-world problems. Linear and exponential...
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Making Money and Spreading the Flu!

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Paper folding, flu spreading in a school, bacteria growth, and continuously compounded interest all provide excellent models to study exponential functions. This is a comprehensive resource that looks at many different aspects of these...
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Rising Prices

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What will that cost in the future? The scenario provides pupils with a growth as a Consumer Price Index. Learners create functions for a given item to determine future prices and graph them. Class members then compare their functions to...
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Smarter Balanced Sample Items: High School Math – Claim 3

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Communication is the key. A presentation provides 25 sample items for Claim 3, Communicating Reasoning, for the Smarter Balanced High School Math assessment. Items require pupils to answer the question and provide logical reasoning to...
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Module 4: Polynomial Functions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Bridge the gap between graphical and algebraic representations. Learners complete six lessons that begin by pointing out connections between the key features of a polynomial graph and its algebraic function. Later, pupils use the...
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How Did Dinosaurs Regulate Their Body Temperature?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Are dinosaurs more like birds or reptiles? Learners put the question to the test by analyzing body temperature data from a 2014 study. With their analysis, they develop a theory about the body temperature regulation of dinosaurs.
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Module 6: Quadratic Functions

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Linear, exponential, now it's time for quadratic patterns! Learners build on their skills of modeling patterns by analyzing situations with quadratic functions. The sixth module in the Algebra I series has pupils analyze multiple...
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Module 2: Linear and Exponential Functions

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Write, graph, and model all things linear and exponential. Building on the previous module in a nine-part Algebra I series, learners compare linear exponential modeling. They write equations, graph functions, and analyze key features.
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Falling Glowsticks

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How can you determine the height of a drop off a cliff if you have nothing to measure it with? A movie clip sets up a sky-high challenge and solves it with a falling glow stick. Scholars must take the given information and decide how...
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Falling Rocks

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can you determine how far down a rock drops without visual clues? Viewers observe a clip from a movie testing vertical distance only based on sound. They must determine if it is safe to drop down themselves or if it is farther than their...
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Blob Jump

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of the blob, that reaction is a trip several feet in the air! Learners begin by watching the world-record blob jump. They then analyze the flight of the person using...
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Getting Paid for School

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
What if you were paid to attend class? What kind of payment schedule would you choose? Learn how exponential functions will eventually exceed linear functions by comparing two different payment schedules for attending class.
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To Babysit or Not to Babysit?

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Would you work for a penny today? Use this activity to highlight the pattern of increase in an exponential function. Scholars compare two options of being paid: one linear and one exponential. Depending on the number of days worked, they...
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Generous Aunt

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Witness the power of exponential growth with an activity that investigates two different savings plans. Class members create tables of values to see how and when a savings plan increasing exponentially exceeds one increasing linearly.
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F.LE.A.2 and F.LE.A.3 Assessment Items

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Ring in the battle of the functions: Linear versus Exponential. A group of assessment questions requires pupils to show understanding of F-LE.2 and F-LE.3. They create linear and exponential functions and identify that exponential...
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Toothpicks

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Analyze patterns and build functions. Young scholars work on their modeling skills with an inquiry-based lesson. After watching a video presentation of the problem, they write functions and make predictions.
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Multi-Function Data Flyer

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Explore different types of functions using an interactive lesson. Learners enter functions and view the accompanying graphs. They can choose to show key features or adjust the scale of the graph.