Mathematics

Math at the Core: Middle School

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Find out about Math at the Core: Middle School, a collection of over 400 digital resources aligned with graded 5-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, produced by a collaborative of public media producers.

Ideas in Action: Give Students Ownership

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In this video from Making the Case, math teacher Chris Luzniak explains how he invites students to post their conjectures on boards in the classroom and sign them. If these get proven as rules or theorems, they are named after the student who first came up with them (paralleling how theorems are named in the mathematical literature). This supports students’ sense of ownership and engagement with mathematics, and can make their connection to mathematical arguments more personal. Having relevant conjectures and rules visible in the classroom also makes these available to students for use in argumentation and critique, supporting that aspect of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

West Virginia | Advanced Manufacturing Technicians are In-Demand

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Examine the skills and education necessary to secure a career in advanced manufacturing technology.  Practice solving problems using logic to analyze truth tables and learn how math is used in programmable logic controllers.

Statistics: Creatures Features

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of statistics. Students research and classify animals of the temperate forest; make a circle graph; collect, display (using a bar graph or line plot), interpret, and analyze a set of data. This resource group is part of the Mathline Elementary School Math Project.

Summary | Against All Odds: Unit 32

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Host Dr. Pardis Sabeti summarizes the myriad of careers that utilize statistics and the real-world practical applications of the methods from the series Against All Odds. From the U.S. Census to the food service industry to environmental studies, statistics are critical to a variety of occupations. Students are encouraged to pursue the study of statistics in this course review of the Against All Odds video series.

Samples and Surveys | Against All Odds: Unit 17

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Discover the difference between population parameters and sample surveys in this 10-minute video from the Against All Odds statistics series. National voter polling provides students with a real-world example of the importance of accurate surveys and how to make inferences about a population. Host Pardis Sabeti leads students through the process of differentiating between random samples, surveys, multi-stage surveys, and population parameters.

Organizational and Self-Advocacy Strategies

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Listen to math and special needs teachers discuss the strategies geared toward teaching students organizational skills. Learn how to promote self advocacy among special needs students (such as asking for help when needed).

Geometry: Tiling the Plaza

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In this professional development video, teachers focus on the topic of geometry by having students arrange pattern blocks to create tessellations and explore geometric patterns. This video can be used in conjunction with the Tiling the Plaza lesson plan.

Confidence Intervals | Against All Odds: Unit 24

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Learn how a battery manufacturer uses confidence intervals in this 10-minute video from the Against All Odds statistics series. Host Pardis Sabeti leads students through the steps of using margin of error and point estimate to determine confidence intervals in a real-world application. On-screen graphics and equations demonstrate the math used to determine standard deviation from a sample size.

Sampling Distributions | Against All Odds: Unit 22

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Discover how taking multiple samples allows statisticians to visualize the sampling distribution of the sample mean in this video from Against All Odds. Host Pardis Sabeti uses real-world examples to show how to calculate the sample mean from population samples and sampling distributions.

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