Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 3: Mathematics


  • 101 Equals Five (Authored by Timothy Mark Dillehay.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students enjoy this engaging activity (with a twist) on the binary system. The lesson begins with an intriguing roll playing to gain interest.

  • 50:50 Chances (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit, Where We Come From. Students reinforce the probability of gender by using a coin toss, as they continue to search for the answers to genetics questions by using mathematical expectations of probability.

  • A Bubble Full of Math (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a fun way for students to compare estimated lengths with actual lengths.

  • A Latin Square Deal (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use four squares of geometric design to create a pattern.

  • An American Spy with Money To Spend (Authored by Joyce Honeychurch.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Teachers can teach across the curriculum as students use imagination, math, reading, computer, geography, and social studies skills in this unique, innovative, and fun lesson where students pretend to be international spies!

  • Angle Aerobics (Authored by Amy Gunn.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson introduces students to names of angles. It provides an action activity and then a follow up worksheet to assess.

  • Balanced Students (Authored by Albert Baggott.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use a hands-on activity to investigate the relationships between weights and the distance of the weights from the fulcrum in a balanced 1st class lever.

  • Bargain Town, USA (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Designed to follow your instructions about converting number forms, this lesson is a real-world application of the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents.

  • Base It (Authored by Melanie Malone.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: To expose students to number systems other than the decimal system and explain why we need to know these systems (binary: electronics and computers; octal and hexadecimal: flight test, computers)

  • Bubbles Everywhere! (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The lesson is a fun way to practice measurement, and circle and sphere formulas. It can easily be adapted to fit any level of circle exploration.

  • C is for Cookie-A MEAN-ingful Graphing Activity (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students work in groups to dissect a variety of brands of chocolate chip cookies and calculate the mean for each brand. Students create their own bar graphs, pictographs, and line graphs to represent information

  • Cartesian Classroom (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The classroom is turned into a human Cartesian coordinate plane, thereby introducing students to the characteristics of the coordinate system.

  • Central Tendency (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson provides students with activities to assist them in determining the mean, mode, and median of given data.

  • Changing Twines: Exploring Area and Perimeter (Authored by Jessica McDonald.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this fun, hands-on activity, students actively engage to determine the relationships between area and perimeter measurements! Students are challenged to discover, prove, and write mathematical conjectures.

  • Cherries are Positive, Lemons are Negative (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students discover the rules for adding integers. This lesson should be conducted after students have been introduced to the definition of an integer.

  • Cherries are Positive, Lemons are Negative - Part 2 (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Designed to follow Cherries are Positive, Lemons are Negative, this lesson has students discover the rules for subtracting integers.

  • Cherries Still Positive, Lemons Still Negative (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Designed to follow the lesson -Cherries are Positive, Lemons are Negative,- this is an introductory lesson on solving simple addition equations with positive and negative integers.

  • Chips Ahoy A Thousand Chips In Every Bag (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Nabisco claims to sell 1000 chocolate chips in every 1 pound bag of Chips Ahoy! Students use their problem solving skills and data collection to determine if the claim is true.

  • Computing Costs (Authored by Robert Pauley.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are expected to calculate the out-of-pocket money needed to purchase a discounted item taxed at a certain percentage of sales tax.

  • Converting Metric Measurements (Authored by Dale Peterson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Converting metric measurements is an essential skill for science students. This lesson offers a formula for helping students learn the process.

  • Creating and Interpreting Graphs (Authored by Debra Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use data collected at the beginning of the lesson, such as their favorite brand of sneakers or favorite soft drinks, to create graphs and to interpret the results shown by each graph. Note: This lesson assesses only the creation and interpretation of two types of graphs.

  • Creating Tessellations (Authored by Diane Bates.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Explore the history of tessellations; then use art and geometry to create an original tessellation.

  • Cruising Cars (Authored by Stephanie Martinez.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Middle school students love cars. They will have the opportunity to analyze, compare and contrast tables/charts, based on given car data. While working in groups students will generate a list of desired car features and create their own table/charts.

  • Cut It Out (Authored by Tonja Fitzgerald.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Using a graphic model, students are asked to derive an original formula for calculating the area of an irregular figure. This lesson requires that students use critical thinking, visual perception, and mathematical computation.

  • Cutting Up in Class, Fractal Style (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: A simple to make, hands-on manipulative, three dimensional, model of fractions, mirror images, tiling, fractals, tessellations, multiplying fractions, dividing fractions, and exponents; created from a single sheet of paper.

  • Cylinder Surface Discovery (Authored by Carol Spice.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Help your students understand the surface area of a cylinder with this simple lesson where students create their own cylinders.

  • Data Daze (Authored by Ann Campbell.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a short introductory activity to teach students how to read and analyze data from bar graphs, pictographs, and stem-and-leaf plots.

  • Dealing with Data (Authored by Ann Hanson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students collect, organize, and display data using a bar graph, line graph, pie graph, or picture graph.

  • Designing Detectives (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students explore the idea of formulating a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test the hypothesis. This is an introduction to the Unit Plan: Statistical Sleuths.

  • Diagonal Lengths (Authored by M Dennis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students collect, organize, and analyze data while studying the Pythagorean Theorem. They measure the length and width of several rectangular objects and compare the measured results to the calculated results

  • Dice Games - How to WIN! (Authored by Wesley Underwood.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to teach Data Analysis and Numerical Occurrence. The student works with a partner to play a game. Each player gets twelve counters to be placed on the numbers on the game board. The players take turns rolling two dice. On each roll the sum of the two upturned numbers is determined. If the player has a counter on that number the student may remove the counter from the game board. Play continues until one of the players removes all twelve counters from the board.

  • Divisibility Buzz (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use the divisibility rule for three to compete in the game Divisibility Buzz. This lesson provides enjoyable reinforcement.

  • Double This (Authored by Mary Myers.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Does doubled mean to multiply? Does quotient mean subtraction or division? This activity will provide students practice in changing verbal expression to algebraic equations.

  • Dream House (Authored by Amy Gunn.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson should be used as a culmination to a unit on perimeter and area. . Students use scale drawings to solve real world problems problems involving perimeter and area.

  • Dynamic Divisibility (Authored by Tina Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn the rules of divisibility for the numbers 2,3,5,6,9 and 10. Students use these rules to check large numbers for their divisibility.

  • Efficiency Means Getting More for Less (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Here is a simple experiment. It costs little, the materials will last for 100 years, and it is safe. It is a study of efficiency in nature. Water is measured and predictions are made.

  • Environmental Mathematics (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students will explore what food sources are needed to survive in the wild. Then the students will plot on a graph the best food sources for their environments and the survivability rate for each member of their group.

  • Fantastic Fraction Fudge (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students sequence a recipe and convert the ingredients into various fractional portions

  • Flying With Mathematics! (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students fly miniature airplanes to discover characteristics related to velocity and average speed. After measuring the time and distance, the students calculate the speed and average velocity.

  • Follow the Pattern (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students recognize patterns & relationships and use them predict outcomes in real-world situations. (This lesson should be conducted after students have been introduced to patterns.)

  • Fraction Food Frenzy (Middle School) (Authored by Amy Gunn.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is an introductory lesson for adding fractions with like denominators. It allows for illustrations and simple problem solving.

  • Geometry Geopardy (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: A fun way to practice and review geometry material.

  • Geometry in Nature (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students will explore how the circumference, diameter, and the relationship of Pi of a circle are related. The students will also determine the age of a tree by counting the summer growth rings.

  • Get the Picture? (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students design a simple coordinate graph picture. Then reflect, translate and rotate the picture according to specific directions.

  • Going Whole Hog (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: To reinforce skills in comparing fractions, students play a game in which they compare fractions and represent the fractions on a graph.

  • Gummy vs. Gum (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students discover a number pattern and write an equation that describes it. This lesson should be conducted after students have worked with patterns and one- and two-step equations.

  • Help Mary Find Her Way Home (Authored by Carol Harris.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are introduced to the coordinate plane by using the coordinates of points to direct a lost girl home. In their directions, students will identify the x and y axes in the coordinate plane and the coordinates of a given point in the first quadrant.

  • How Big Is Your House? (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students will explore geometric formulas involving area by measuring and developing a scale drawing of their own homes. The students will find the area of each room as well as the total area of the house.

  • How Cool Is It ? (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students will check the outside temperature at 5 different times of the day. The students will use both the Celsius and Fahrenheit scale. The students will then compare their temperatures using a bar graph.

  • How Cool Is Your Environment? (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students calculate heat energy and convert from one temperature scale to another. The students will be able to manipulate formulas need for conversions.

  • How Do Your Students Measure Up? (Authored by Carol Spice.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Have you ever been frustrated trying to show students how to measure accurately and what the little lines on a ruler represent? I was until I found this simple activity to show students how to properly measure with a standard ruler to 1/16th of an inch.

  • How Fast Is Your Car? (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this lesson, students discover the relationship between speed, distance, and time. They calculate speed and represent their data graphically.

  • How Many Bears in the Forest? (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students model the tag and recapture of bears and use proportions to estimate the population of the bears in their forest. This is a statistical sampling method used by scientists and naturalist to determine population numbers.

  • In Your Prime (Authored by Melanie Malone.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity allows students to find prime numbers on their own. They use a method developed a few thousand years ago to discover the primes that are less than 100.

  • Interior Designer for a Day (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will organize a 20 x 17 room with a given set of furniture pieces. Arrangement is to be based on maximum comfort and practicality.

  • Is Over Of (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson discusses an often used, but rarely seen in books, method of teaching percents. Former students report this is one of the most useful algorithms learned in class.

  • Is the Probability Probable? (Authored by Rita Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students compare experimental results with mathematical expectations of probabilities. This lesson should be used after students have been introduced to probability and taught how to calculate the mathematical probability of an event's occurrence.

  • It's a Ball, It’s a Sphere…No, It’s a Dodecahedron (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students construct a dodecahedron that displays facts about two and three- dimensional figures.

  • Jeopardy Changes It! (Authored by Debra Anderson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is a culminating activity after teaching fraction, decimal, and percent conversions. Students enjoy playing Jeopardy as a review for expressing these conversions. The students will be able to express percents as fractions and decimals, fractions as decimals and percents and decimals as percents and fractions. This will show that students understand the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents.

  • Keeping An Inverse Relationship (Authored by Joanne Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn how to identify the inverse relationship of positive and negative numbers using real-world examples.

  • Let the Light Shine Through! (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students design a geometric stained glass window pattern which includes at least one line of symmetry.

  • Let's Go Shopping (Authored by Carol Spice.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Excite your students! Give them $500 to spend. Little will they know how much they are learning about fractions, decimals, and percents.

  • Looking at Data (Authored by Timothy Mark Dillehay.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use two days to create, collect, display and analyse data. Classroom activities and practice will build greater understanding to a variety of forms used to display data. Central tendencies become a major focus in the prompt questions during the project.

  • M & M Candy: I Want Green (Authored by Susan Cornwell.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is a fun way to compare mathematical expectations and experimental probability, and then explain any difference in the two numbers. Students use colored candy pieces (such as M & M’s) for their data collection, comparisons, and explanations.

  • M & M Math (Authored by Rochel Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Use M and M Math to entice your students into working on math. Rarely will students not be motivated by getting chocolate to eat. This lesson is designed to help teach students how to find the relationships among fractions, decimals, and percent.

  • Measure This! (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students estimate in centimeters the measurement of ten items that are in a paper bag and record the results. Sudents then measure the items using a centimeter ruler and record the results next to the estimates.

  • Measurement Scavenger Hunt (Authored by Carol Spice.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Start your year with this scavenger hunt! Familiarize students with your classroom while reviewing and assessing basic understanding of estimation, measurement, and units in fraction and decimal form.

  • Measures and Weights! (Authored by Kevin Daly.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson only deals with the length and weight in centimeters and grams portion of the standard. Students increase their estimation and measurement skills in regard to the metric system (centimeters and grams). Students order their results in a table for an assessment. Students should have a prior knowledge of how to use both a ruler and a balance.

  • Measures of Central Tendency (Middle School) (Authored by Diane Bates.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students compute the measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) and range and determine how outliers affect the measures.

  • Measuring Up (Authored by Tabitha Kosmas.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students measure various amounts of liquid while exploring the different capacities of a cup, a pint, a quart and a gallon. Students measure the correct quantities of punch ingredients and make the punch.

  • Measuring with Mathematics (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students discover how the change in the dimensions of a shape will cause a change in the overall area of the shape, but the perimeter will stay the same.

  • Mechanically Inclined (Authored by Albert Baggott.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use hands-on or demonstration activity to investigate the mechanical advantage of an inclined plane.

  • Metric M & M Fun (Authored by Laurel Withee.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a fun activity that explores the relative sizes of common metric prefixes as they compare to the base unit.

  • Million Dollar Gift (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: A homework project in which students use problem-solving skills and their knowledge of volume to create a box large enough to hold a million dollars. The project is fun to do near the winter holidays with inexpensive gifts included in the boxes.

  • Multiplication & Division Word Problems Made Easy (Authored by Joe Crawley.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson helps students determine when to multiply or divide when solving real-world problems. The student will explore why they multiply or divide.

  • Number Chameleon (Authored by Amy Gunn.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson teaches students to express a quantity in a variety of ways; to understand whether relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents are equal; and to convert a number expressed in one form to another.

  • Pair 'Em Up! (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In the fourth lesson plan of the unit, Where We Come From, students learn how to use and verify the validity of Punnett squares by using a Weblink for instruction. They will also simulate a real-world situation by drawing “chromosomes” from a paper bag. Data will be tracked, students will calculate percentages, and cross check their predictions and results by using a Punnett square.

  • Parts Are Parts - The English Measurement System (Authored by Dale Peterson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: All scientific studies require accurate data collection. Knowledge of the English measurement system’s origins helps students understand the importance of standardization.

  • Plot That Decimal (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students work in groups to plot a set of number cards containing whole numbers and decimals on a number line.

  • Popping Up Percents! (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Popcorn provides a tasty way to practice finding percents and unit price.

  • Prime Factorization Mobile (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: During this review lesson, students demonstrate their knowledge of prime numbers, composite numbers, and prime factorization using exponents to create a factor tree mobile.

  • Prime Real Estate (Authored by Christine Austin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a hands-on procedure that utilizes the “Sieve of Eratosthenes” to identify prime numbers from 1-100. Eliminating all the multiples of the first four prime numbers identifies primes. The 25 numbers that remain are all primes!

  • Prime Time (Authored by Lisa Richardson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to practice determining the prime factorization of composite numbers. The students create Christmas factor trees for prime numbers greater than 100.

  • Primed and Ready! (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Primed and Ready is a project designed to use the Sieve of Eratosthenes to determine and display the prime and composite numbers from 1 to 100.

  • Projectile Motion (Authored by Carol Houck.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students observe projectile motion and calculate the speed of a projectile.

  • Pushy Kids in Physics (Authored by Gencie White.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is an interesting way to introduce balanced forces, unbalanced forces, and resulting net forces. Students actively demonstrate these concepts and then study and complete the activity with actual calculations of these forces.

  • Puzzling Percents (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use twenty equivalent fraction, decimal, and percent facts to create a puzzle.

  • Puzzling Perimeters (Authored by Debra Mastro.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use estimation, fractions and decimals to determine the perimeter of objects in the classroom.

  • Range and Measures of Central Tendency (Authored by Wanda Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are introduced to range and measures of central tendency with a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. After practice in calculating and analyzing data, students will create a table in Microsoft Excel.

  • Reaction Time (Authored by M Dennis.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson helps the student collect, organize and analyze data while studying reaction time. Students calculate measures of central tendency using a calculator and show data on graph.

  • Record 'THE' Results (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students predict, then discover the number of times the word -the- appears on an average newspaper page. Results are posted on a back-to-back stem and leaf plot.

  • Roll a Decimal (Authored by Cindy Beckham.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: By the roll of a die, students place digits in the place value chart to create a number having the greatest or least value possible.

  • Sampling Snoops (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students practice formulating a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test the hypothesis. Then they identify several sampling techniques they can use to test their hypotheses.

  • Saving Money Through Mathematics (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students compare the cost of energy use for a variety of sources of light. A variety of graphs will be used to make the comparison.

  • Search for the Missing Pi (Authored by Brenda York.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students actively investigate measuring circular objects, recording data accurately to derive the formula for the relationship known as [pi].

  • See What You Can Find (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students must locate and record examples of acute, right, obtuse and straight angles found within a classroom.

  • Shopping for Skills (Authored by Leslie Phillips.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students will solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals using a grocery flyer from the newspaper. The students will select the appropriate operation to solve specific problems.

  • Skittles™ Count (Authored by Carole Mason.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will count Skittles™ then use the numbers to find the relationships among fractions, decimals, and percent.

  • Smallest to Tallest - Where is the Middle? (Authored by T. Sundeen.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Learners find the mean, median, and mode for the height of the students in their class. Students use the data to determine the most appropriate measure of central tendency for the class.

  • Smoking: The Real Cost (Authored by Carol Spice.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a great lesson to use anytime but especially during Red Ribbon Week or on National Smoke Out Day. Students calculate the cost of smoking over a period of time and construct graphs to display the data.

  • Solve Simple One-Step Linear Equation (Authored by Yunling Zhang.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn how to solve one unknown number by using hands-on manipulatives after being introduced to the history of abstract mathematics through literature.

  • Space: The Final Frontier (Authored by Cynthia Lott.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use electronic technology to find information on the solar system and then construct a graph to explain the information. They also demonstrate a solar or lunar eclipse by providing a written explanation with an illustration of the planet chosen.

  • Square by Square (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students select a simple picture to enlarge, and transform.

  • Square Circles (Authored by Carol Spice.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Show your students how a circle can be measured in square units and how diameter, radius, and circumference are related.

  • Statistical Specimens (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students explore sampling techniques that are used to collect data. Students also practice finding mean, median, and mode of a set of data. Finally, students determine appropriate measures of central tendency for a situation.

  • Subtraction and Addition Word Problems Made Easy (Authored by Joe Crawley.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson helps to lay a foundation for solving addition and subtraction word problems. It will be the basis for future lessons on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The students will explore the reasons for adding or subtracting.

  • Survey Says (Multi-day Activity) (Authored by Elinor Mount-Simmons.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a fun conclusion to unit on graphs. Learners brainstorm and create surveys to disseminate to all homerooms. From this input, learners work cooperatively to create line, bar and picture graphs.

  • Symmetry in Nature (Authored by Kenneth Blackman.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: The students use a variety of observation and measurement techniques to identify lines of symmetry and also use graphing techniques to determine plots of ordered pairs.

  • The 3 R's of Common Denominators (Math) (Authored by Mitch Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students are shown an alternative method of determining the lowest common denominator of two or more unequal denominators.

  • The Average Atom - Isotopes (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: When looking at a periodic table, students notice that atomic masses are decimal numbers. These masses are an average of all the isotopes of that element. Students investigate a model of isotopes by completing the Isotopes Model activity.

  • The Colors on My TV Screen (Authored by Jeri Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Visible light contains all the colors of the rainbow. However, electronic screens (TV, computer) use only three of these colors to produce the colors that we see on them. Students investigate these colors by making and testing a color wheel.

  • The Cost of Life (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: An adult needs to budget expenses. At some point, one must choose a career and determine the expenses one can manage. This lesson affords students an opportunity to discuss and discover the conditions and characteristics of different career choices.

  • The Guise of a Graph Gumshoe (Authored by Lisa Ove Gibson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students practice constructing bar, circle, and box-and-whisker graphs. Students also practice reading and interpreting data displays and explore how different displays of data can lead to different interpretations.

  • The Luxor Hotel Contract (Authored by Wanda Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Given square feet of the base, volume, and the volume formula, students will determine slant height the Luxor Hotel so that they can find surface area. Then they will create a model to scale, including the mirrored glass, which is on each triangular face of the hotel. Your (students’) company has just been asked to submit a bid, accompanied with a scale model, for the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. You have been asked to cover the exterior of the building with mirrored glass tile. In your excitement at being offered such a prestigious opportunity, you failed to gather all necessary information. Because you cannot reach the architect and you have a deadline to meet, you have to determine what you need to know from the information you have so you can complete your task.

  • The Mathematical Fingerprint of Our Solar System (Authored by Richard Angelini Sr..)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: An integration of science and math in the study of the locations of all planets in our solar system. Students learn the beautiful mathematical model unique to our solar system. A minimal knowledge of mathmatics is necessary.

  • The Price Is Right (Language Arts) (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use the unit price to compare which local grocery store has the best prices.

  • The Tale of Scale (Authored by Michelle Gowan.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students produce three bar graphs using a range of data for various scales along the y-axis.

  • Toothpicks, Gumdrops, and Polyhedrons (Authored by Amelia McCurdy.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Using toothpicks and gumdrops, students make prisms and pyramids to discover the relationship between faces, vertices, and edges.

  • Under the Weather (Authored by Kim Auerbach.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use the Weather page in the local daily newspaper to review concepts of mean, median, mode, range and solve other weather related questions.

  • What Is Your Point? (Authored by Sue Garl.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this game a student challenges a partner to recreate his quadrilateral or other shape on a geoboard by calling out the ordered pairs of the quadrilateral’s vertices.

  • Wheeling Around (Authored by April Jackson.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to use real-life examples to introduce circles. This lesson explores the characteristics of a circle and the formulas to find circumference. The student uses a bicycle wheel to determine the circumference around a wheel.

  • When Are We Ever Going to Use This? (Authored by Sara Tomlin.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson is intended as a wrap-up following the teaching of relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents. It could be used following any lesson as a means to encourage the understanding of real-world applications of mathematics.

  • Who Am I? (Primary Grades) (Authored by Timothy Mark Dillehay.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students complete a classroom game used to build understanding of two and three-dimensional shapes. Diagonals, sides, regularity, congruency, Angle measurements, parallels, perpendicular, faces, edges, and word pre-fixes are a few of the vocabulary reviewed.

  • Who Wants To Carry a Million? (Authored by Annette Nixon.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students use cooperative learning, problem solving skills, and volume to find the dimensions of a box large enough to hold a million dollars.

  • Who Would Have Figured? (Authored by Melanie Malone.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students discover what happens when a coin is tossed a few times versus when a coin is tossed many times. They discover the answer to -What is the probability of heads, and does it change as you toss the coin more times?-

  • Wrap it Right! (Authored by Delia Pogorzelski.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Are you tired of miscalculating the length of ribbon needed for a gift? No more cutting & re-cutting for you. This lesson teaches how to eliminate this frustration. It’s a failsafe method, and it’s just in time for any gift-giving occasion!

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