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#### Air Pressure

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Investigate what is pushing on us. An intriguing lesson has pupils calculate the amount of force on various squares due to air pressure. Using the data, individuals create a graph in the third lesson of the Up, Up and Away unit...
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#### Driving Rationally

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Calculating average speeds is not as simple as finding an average. The lesson introduces class members to rational functions by presenting a problem about finding an average speed for the rest of a trip. Pupils develop an equation to...
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#### Didn’t We Already Learn That Pattern?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Just how many toothpicks does the pattern take? After watching a video of someone building a pattern with toothpicks, groups create methods to find the number of toothpicks needed to accomplish that task. Groups either use explicit...
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#### Bounce Wiggle Cross

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How does the graph intersect? Learners investigate the x-intercepts of polynomial functions. They first determine the relationship between the interaction of the graph, then figure out the power of the factor.
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#### Angles and Sides, Sides and Angles

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Lead by example. Pupils use software to investigate given measures of sides and angles to determine whether they create congruent triangles. Using the discovered triangle congruences, learners put together proofs.
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#### Transformers Parts 2-5 - Algebra 2 Parent Functions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Dive into an activity that may cause a little reflection! Building from the first instructional activity in the series of two, learners explore transformation using unfamiliar functions. The key takeaway is that applying transformations...
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#### “The *Distance* Less Traveled

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Use geometry to find your way from point A to point B! Learners work to build the Law of Cosines using a conceptual exercise. They use their knowledge of Law of Sines and a map triangulation activity to write their own equations for the...
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#### Something's Rotten in the City of Verona

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Data is a powerful tool that your class can use for both good and evil! Help your classes become knowledgeable consumers of information through a game-based exploration. Learners examine a method of determining the reliability of a...
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#### Simply Elementary, Watson

For Students 10th - 12th
Explore the process of inductive and deductive reasoning. A collaborative lesson has some groups apply an inductive approach and others a deductive approach. Through class discussion, scholars compare their processes and discuss...
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#### Transpiring Trees

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Looking for a tree-rific addition to your water cycle unit? Teams of young foresters examine the role of transpiration in the water cycle through a week's worth of activities. Pupils analyze how trees take in and transport water during...
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#### Microbes and Manure = Biofuel

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Waste not, want not! Science scholars explore manure as an alternative energy source through reading and experimentation. Groups construct their own biofuel digesters and observe the process of methane production. The teacher's guide...
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#### Round and Round We Go

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Connect the dots on trigonometry with K'nex. Scholars use a K'nex model of a Ferris wheel to collect data points to plot on a height versus time graph. They'll then consider what type of function best models the data in the graph—and...
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#### Do Placebos Kill Minotaurs?

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
But it's just a game! Learners play a game to learn basic concepts of statistical hypothesis testing. After using the digital-game module, pupils develop their own statistical hypotheses and test them.
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#### Cumbersome Cubes

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Halving is not always so simple. Small groups build a cube and then determine how to construct a cube that is half the size. Groups create two cubes, one that is the correct size and another that would be an alternative solution. To...
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#### Are We Golden?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Lead your class on a search for precious bones. Using a presentation, the class investigates the golden ratio in art and nature. Groups of pupils measure specific bones and find the average ratio for the class. To further cement the...
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#### Ace in the Hole

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
How does inertia affect an object's trajectory? After watching a video on safety belt use, pupils discuss the notions of inertia. Using their knowledge, individuals try to drop a ball on a target while running, and classmates observe the...