Published Lessons

Lessons in this area of the site have been vetted and approved as model lessons. These lessons have been subjected to intense review, editing, revision and discussion. If you have an idea on how to improve, expand, or adapt a Published Lesson, you can still join the lesson group to share your ideas.

Scatter Plots: You’re the Network

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Students will use data to create scatterplots, draw lines of best fit, and discuss trends found in television show ratings and viewership. Students will calculate range, mean, mode, and median from a given set of data. Students will also interpret data to discuss how decisions are made using statistics and how the inclusion or exclusion of outliers may affect the interpretation of data.

“I Got Caught”

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Students will use their knowledge of graphing, linear, and quadratic functions to interpret a tortoise – hare scenario.
This lesson is also appropriate for an algebra-based physics class.

Oklahoma C3/CCSS Recommended Resources

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In this download you will find links to resources for information regarding OK C3 standards and CCSS. These resources include detailed information about CCSS as well as practical resources for Authentic Implementation of OK C3 standards and CCSS.

Logistic Functions – Zombie Takeover

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Students will investigate logistic functions as mathematical models of real world processes such as the spread of infectious disease.

Chicken Truck

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Chicken trucks are known to transport thousands of live chickens. Students will use mathematical reasoning to calculate the number of chickens in a truck of known dimensions, given a photograph, which was taken while travelling I-40 in Oklahoma. Students will extend their understanding by writing a mathematical expression to solve for the number of chickens for a transport vehicle of any size.

Cat Fishin’

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This lesson integrates math and science using varied approaches to research. The research centers around the Mekong River Delta giant catfish and its population decline. Students will analyze data mathematically as well as using visual and verbal representations.

Wingin’ It

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In this lesson, students will experiment with paper helicopters. Students will manipulate the helicopters by changing wing length and helicopter mass, to discover the optimal wing length for their flying apparatus. Students will measure the flying time for their helicopters.

Student will then analyze their data by creating a class scatter plot graph. Students will utilize a line of best fit to develop a Wing length to weight ratio to predict the optimum wing length for any given body weight. Students will then apply this concept to various bird species.

Are We Golden?

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In this lesson students explore the Fibonacci Number Sequence and the Golden Ratio and how they relate to the world around us. Students will discover how the Golden Ratio exists in the human body and how we have more in common than we think due to the proportions that exist in our body structure. This lesson is designed to pair with What is Beauty? as a Math/Science/Art Interdisciplinary Lesson.

Prime Time

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This lesson builds a conceptual understanding of prime and composite numbers through arrays, leading to a clearer understanding of Greatest Common Factors, Least Common Multiples and reduced fractions.

Cumbersome Cubes

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Students build a 5″ x 5″ x 5″ cube and explore its properties and reason their way through the development of two distinct cubes that represent “half” of the size of the original cube.

Caffeine Crush

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Students explore their pulse at 5 seconds, 15 seconds, and 60 seconds and attempts to answer the question of whether caffeine affects the heart rate. With freedom to represent their data, students produce a wide range of products.

Love is in the Air PSA

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This lesson is designed to be used as a school-wide thematic unit or by individual content areas. Students engage in a specific topic related to love and create a poster or other Public Service Announcement (PSA) to tell the story of love within that topic

Trashketball

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Scatter Plots and Linear Inequalities
In this lesson, students toss trash-balls into the trashcan, recording their shooting percentage from various distances from the basket. With distances measured and percentages figured, students create a scatter plot and a line of best fit to create a linear model of the shooting skills of the class.
Students analyze various data […]

Growing Pains

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The lesson opens with a simple function recognition game also found in Wacky ATMs. This lesson focuses on a more visual, kinesthetic understanding of slope, where Wacky ATMs deals more with the algebraic side of functions (1:1 correspondence, inputs/outputs, etc). Students will see an application of slope and how it determines the growth of patterns.

Wacky ATMs

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Students engage in a fun activity that requires them to ‘fix’ and ‘man’ a broken ATM. The ATMs are having an issue. For every deposit that is made, the ATM malfunctions and mistakes the deposit for a withdrawal, spitting out some amount of money. Students must find the equation that the ATM is using as it malfunctions to fix the ATM.

Biggest Loser

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This lesson involves students in a real-world application of Percents and Percent of Change. Students first go through some definitions and example problems to help prepare them to engage in the Biggest Loser.

Don’t Tip The Scale

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This lesson is an essential for success in Algebra 1. It introduces the properties of numbers and the properties of equalities before moving into a demonstration of solving equations with a focus on the use of the properties. This lesson is a practical way of learning basic properties and really how they effect the way that problems are solved.

Man Made Mountians

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How much waste do we accumulate in a lifetime?

Make it Fit

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Can understanding geometric principles improve the environment?

Short Cut or Dead End

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How many ways can you prove the congruency of a triangle?

Waste Not, Want Not

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How much trash can fit into a landfill? Should we be concerned with that?

Cool It

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What would happen to the sea life if the temperature of the ocean were just five degrees different? Have you ever wondered why the ocean temperature is so constant?

Once Upon an Experiment

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This teacher resource will explore how to teach students to articulate the experimental design process, used in Math and Science, through writing.

Hot Potato

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Here, students actually gather data by tossing a tennis ball to 1, then 2, then 3, students until all of the students in the class have been included. Using that data, students create a scatter plot and determine a line of best fit to answer the question of how long it would take to pass the ball to 100 people.

Bridge the Gap

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After exploring various types of bridges and understanding the importance of the rigidity of a triangle, students will prepare multiple versions of a bridge that will meet various height, width, length, and weight requirements. Then, they will construct a scale model of their bridge and test its weight capacity.

Amazing Races

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This lesson helps students develop conceptual understanding of one of the most difficult concepts in Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1, slope.

Who I Am

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In this lesson, students develop a personal 2-D timeline, free write about who they are, develop a haiku based on their future, and then do data gathering and organizing in order to prepare their own infographic.

Where’s the Beef? (Part 3)

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In Where’s the Beef? (Part 3), students are invested in the question and explore quadratic equations, matrices, discriminants, and parent graphs.

A Heated Debate

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Explore what is behind the environmental change and what creative solutions are being sought. Students have a unique opportunity to combine statistical analysis and persuasive writing skills as they survey their class and their community, attempting to understand their opinions about global warming.

Sweeping Down the Plains

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In this interdisciplinary lesson, students explore earth’s changing landscape as global warming becomes more noticeable every year. Explore what is behind the environmental change and what creative solutions are being sought. Design and build a wind turbine, detailing the process, the advantages and disadvantages, refining the efficiency, and present findings. Explore barriers that slow the effort to change.

Where’s the Beef? (Part 2)

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This lesson is a continuation of an Algebra 1 lesson, “Where’s the Beef? (Part 1)” This lesson considers what errors might occur if that assumption is not true, serving as the beginning of multiple Algebra 2 extensions.

Oil: Abundant, Dependable, Ready

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In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will consider previous knowledge of the environment and the effects of the combustion of fossil fuels. Utilizing media from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, students will explore the effects of fossil fuels in the national and statewide economy.

Where’s the Beef? (Part 1)

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This lesson incorporates an easy-to-do investigation right into the math classroom. By the end of the lesson, students will have dealt with estimating and calculating slope, collecting data, and the equation of a line.

We the People

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What happens when students use real data to explore mathematical concepts? In this lesson, students look at population data as they begin to see how midpoint and slope apply outside of mathematics.

Community Groups

Here you have the opportunity to download lessons and resources that are still "works in progress". Teachers have the opportunity to use the lesson as it exists, or they can choose to join the lesson group to collaborate on how to improve, expand, and adapt the lesson plan.

Sex Cells

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In this lesson students will analyze statistics associated with teen pregnancy, while learning about meiosis and practicing inequality equations.

Buck Up

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In this lesson, students analyze population dynamics in an entertaining activity that models the mechanisms of carrying capacity and limiting factors in a population. Utilize slope to take the population analysis to the next level. Learn to make math meaningful and enjoyable through the context of science.

Algebra 1 EOI

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Preparing students for the Algebra I End of Instruction test can be overwhelming for any educator. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has provided free support in the form of sample test questions, a blueprint of the test, and a detailed look at test item specifications.

Quantitative Analysis of Shakespearean Humor

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The focus of the lesson is primarily the types of humor found in Shakespeare’s works. The students utilize percentages to better understand the use of humor that Shakespeare employs and then create their own scene to emulate Shakespeare.

EOI Jeopardy

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Can competition really be a good way for students to review for the EOI. We think so! Check out EOI Jeopardy.

K20alt QuickTutor

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How do we reinforce important content without “reteaching” the entire semester’s curriculum? QuickTutor will provide great reinforcement ideas in Algebra 1, Biology 1, English, and Social Studies.