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ADA Accessibility

Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

In this lesson, students will explore angles of incline on different wheelchair ramps by researching the ADA's accessibility standards, measuring different surfaces of a ramp, and uncovering missing angles using inverse trigonometric functions. Students will have the opportunity to share their own ideas... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
ADA Accessibility

Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Course Course

  • Pre-Calculus

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-TF.B.7
More 2-3 class periods
Time Frame 90 minutes
Feelin' the Phenomena

ICAP Science: Weather

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 8th

This lesson invites students to explore scientific models and simulations to learn about climate and weather phenomena. Students will learn from a meteorologist about how those in the field of climatology use math and science in their careers, as well as the details of this job and career path. By the... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Feelin' the Phenomena

ICAP Science: Weather

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 8th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • MS-ESS2-5
More 200 minutes
Time Frame 3-4 class period(s)
Pythagor-eatin' Theorem

Constructing Pythagorean Theorem

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

This lesson engages students in constructing the Pythagorean theorem using Cheez-It® crackers. Students will not only be able to visually see the theorem, but they will also subsequently prove why the Pythagorean theorem works for all right triangles. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Pythagor-eatin' Theorem

Constructing Pythagorean Theorem

Course Course

  • Middle School Mathematics

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 8th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PA.GM.1.1
More 120 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Quakeland

Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Students will look at the increase in seismic activity in Oklahoma and around the United States in recent years. Some say the earthquakes are a direct result of an oil and gas process called hydraulic fracturing, while others disagree. Students will investigate this question for themselves and formulate... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Quakeland

Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Earth Science, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-ESS3-1, EN.ESS3.1 , EN.ESS3.1.1, EN.ESS3.1.2
More 3-4 class periods
Time Frame 125 minutes
Making the Motion Matter

Connecting Position, Velocity, and Acceleration

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

In this lesson, students explore the connections between graphs that represent a particle's position, velocity, and acceleration. Students have an opportunity to write about their learning and put their conceptual understanding into practice. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Making the Motion Matter

Connecting Position, Velocity, and Acceleration

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

Course Course

  • AP Calculus

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PK.S, M.1, M.2, M.3, M.4, M.5, M.6, K.PS2
More 150 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
I Sub, U-Sub, We All Sub Again

Integration: u-substitution pt. 2

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

This lesson is a follow-up to I Sub, U-Sub, We All Sub. In the previous lesson, students worked with the teacher to create an anchor chart of what "worked" and what "didn't work" for anti-differentiating derivatives of functions. The goal of this lesson is to build upon that knowledge in order for students... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
I Sub, U-Sub, We All Sub Again

Integration: u-substitution pt. 2

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

Course Course

  • AP Calculus

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PK.S, M.1, M.2, M.3, M.4, M.5, M.6, K.PS2
More 75 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
I Sub, U-Sub, We All Sub

Integration: u-sub Pt. 1

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

This lesson builds on students' prior knowledge of basic integration techniques in calculus. The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to explore how to "undo" a function's derivative that was found using the chain rule. The chain rule is a derivative technique that allows students to find derivatives... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
I Sub, U-Sub, We All Sub

Integration: u-sub Pt. 1

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

Course Course

  • AP Calculus

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • M.5, M.6
More 75 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)
Take it to the Limit!

Limits Toward Infinity in Rational Functions

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

In this lesson, students will explore the puzzling ideas behind Grandi's series in order to construct an idea of how the sum of an infinite number of terms in a sequence can be evaluated. After exploring Grandi's series, students take a closer look at limits of rational functions as their values of... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Take it to the Limit!

Limits Toward Infinity in Rational Functions

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 12th Grade

Course Course

  • AP Calculus

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • PK.S, M.1, M.2, M.3, M.4, M.5, M.6, K.PS2
More 100 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
What Does That Look Like?

Volumes with Known Cross Sections

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Students will create three-dimensional representations of volumes with known cross sections in order to better understand what the solids look like and to better calculate volume. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What Does That Look Like?

Volumes with Known Cross Sections

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Course Course

  • AP Calculus

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • G.3D.1.1, G.3D.1.2
More 120 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Connecting Mathematics to Your World

Mathematics As Metaphor

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Metaphors are often associated with flowery, figurative language and do not routinely find their way into mathematics courses. In this lesson, we create space for students to form arguments and better understand mathematically abstract concepts when they are provided opportunities to connect them to... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Connecting Mathematics to Your World

Mathematics As Metaphor

Course Course

  • Algebra 1, Geometry

Subject Subject

  • Mathematics

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • M.1, M.6, K.PS2
More 90 minutes
Time Frame 1-2 class period(s)