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Becoming Green Energy Experts

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This Michigan State University/Lansing Boys and Girls Club partnership demonstrates the powerful result of giving youth the science background and tools they need to carry out investigations of their own design, and to communicate their knowledge in their own voice.

Statistics: Steppin' Out

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of statistics by having students construct box and whisker plots to analyze and compare data sets. This resource group is part of the Mathline Middle School Math Project.

Urban Planner

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A professor and graduate student talk about the use of math and technology in city planning.

Computation and Estimation: Alphabits

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Using this resource group, students apply the concept of ratio and percents to the distribution of letters contained in a box of Alphabits cereal. This resource group is part of the Mathline Middle School Math Project.

Probability: Remove One

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of probability. Students develop winning game strategies based on probable outcomes of events using dice. This resource group is part of the Mathline Middle School Math Project.

Introduction to Writing Prompts

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Observe a middle school teacher using writing prompts in a mathematics lesson and consider the value of incorporating writing in the mathematics classroom.

Measurement: How Many Noses Are in Your Arm?

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In this professional development video, teachers focus on the topic of measurement by having students apply the concepts of ratio and proportion to determine the length of the Statue of Liberty's torch-bearing arm. This video can be used in conjunction with the How Many Noses Are in Your Arm? lesson plan.

Dangle Angle | STEM Alive

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An inclinometer, for measuring unreachable heights and more! This easily made sighting device can measure the angles of lines of sight. Students will gain hands-on insight into understanding and measuring different angles.

Building Deeper Understanding of Decimal Numbers

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Steve Hinds demonstrates how a brief discussion of money and decimals can help students to shed common misconceptions about decimal place value. (Click here for the background essay.)

Adding Integers | Making Math Matter

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Learn classroom strategies for teaching integer addition using integer chips in this professional development video from Making Math Matter.

Statistics: Wet Heads

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of statistics by having students construct stem and leaf plots based on how estimations compare with actual data. Students learn to create stem and leaf plots and back-to-back stem and leaf plots to display data collected from an investigative activity. This resource group is part of the Mathline Middle School Math Project.

Do an Hour of Code | Tynker

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Build the computer literacy and problem solving skills students need to become innovators of the future. 

Introduce students to computer programming, or take their coding skills to the next level as they engage in fun activities and projects that enhance STEM learning outcomes. With an Hour of Code with Tynker, teachers can easily introduce the basics of computer programming in a fun and intuitive way.  Start with any of the six adventure puzzles, then students can apply what they’ve learned to create fun projects to share with others – multi-level and multi-player games, math patterns, interactive comics and greeting cards. 

No programming experience is required.  Use the resources provided to quickly plan a successful Hour of Code for your class. Students can access Candy Quest and Dragon Dash puzzles from this site.  The rest of the activities, plus a teacher's guide and answer keys, can be found at hourofcode.tynker.com.

Deepening Conceptual Understanding

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Steve Hinds demonstrates an approach to graphing function solutions that is based on the underlying meaning of the points, and not on mechanically following a procedure. (Click here for the background essay.)

Scaffolding Adult Numeracy Lessons

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Steve Hinds demonstrates and discusses how teachers can successfully and gradually move from informal to more formal representations of functions. (Click here for the background essay.)

Statistics: Whirlybirds

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of statistics by having students measure, predict, and determine the frequency of an event as it relates to how close whirlybirds land to a target. Students will learn to measure to the nearest centimeter and predict and determine the frequency of an event. This resource group is part of the Mathline Elementary School Math Project.

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