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Rational Number Project: Initial Fraction Ideas
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The Rational Number Project (RNP) advocates teaching fractions using a model that emphasizes multiple representations and connections among different representations.

Initial Fraction Ideas include developing meaning for fractions using a part-whole model, constructing informal ordering strategies based on mental representations for fractions, creating meaning for equivalence concretely, and adding and subtracting fractions using concrete models. Initial Fraction Ideas do not include formal algorithms, and instruction with formal algorithms was not part of this original RNP curriculum module.

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Mathematics
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Maryland Public Television
University of Minnesota
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Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Author:
Kathleen Cramer
Merlyn Behr
Richard Lesh
Thomas Post
Date Added:
11/05/2009
Gifts from Grandma, Variation 1
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The first of these word problems is a multiplication problem involving equal-sized groups. The next two reflect the two related division problems, namely, "How many groups?" and "How many in each group?"

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Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
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Activity/Lab
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Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
11/26/2012
2.MD Frog and Toad on the number line
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: One day, Frog and Toad were sitting together on a lily pad. Some lily pads were in a line across the pond. In the morning, Frog hopped three lily pads ...

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Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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Illustrative Mathematics
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Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
03/16/2013
F-IF Hoisting the Flag 1
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important aspects of the task and its potential use.

Subject:
Functions
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
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Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/06/2015
Acid Attack
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In this activity, students explore the effect of chemical erosion on statues and monuments. They use chalk to see what happens when limestone is placed in liquids with different pH values. They also learn several things that engineers are doing to reduce the effects of acid rain.

Subject:
Engineering
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Melissa Straten
Date Added:
10/14/2015
A Simple Balance
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Digit and the CyberSquad learn that equations are balanced when the same number is on each side. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
07/10/2008
Body Matches
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In this video from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad searches for a kidnapper using their only clues: a footprint and a handprint. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Mathematics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
09/09/2008
Irrational Numbers on the Number Line
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When students plot irrational numbers on the number line, it helps reinforce the idea that they fit into a number system that includes the more familiar integer and rational numbers.

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Mathematics
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Illustrative Mathematics
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Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
05/01/2012
5.OA Sidewalk Patterns
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important aspects of the task and its potential use.

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Algebra
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
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Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/06/2015
What Fraction of this Shape is Red?
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Students create patterns using pattern blocks. Then they pose a question to their peers like, öWhat fraction of my shape is red?’– Students describe their answers geometrically, verbally, and in writing.

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Education
Mathematics
Geometry
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Lesson Plan
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
11/05/2011
Action-Reaction! Rocket
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Students construct rockets from balloons propelled along a guide string. They use this model to learn about Newton's three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise W. Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
Date Added:
10/14/2015
K.OA Many Ways to Do Addition 1
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: Materials * Class white board and one marker * Paper and pencil for students * Materials such as counters or linker cubes * Number lines that go from 0...

Subject:
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
05/22/2013
Locating Fractions Less than One on the Number Line
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In this number line task students must treat the interval from 0 to 1 as a whole, partition the whole into the appropriate number of equal sized parts, and then locate the fraction(s).

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Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
05/01/2012
F-IF Containers
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important aspects of the task and its potential use.

Subject:
Functions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/06/2015
Comparing Fractions with a Different Whole
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This task is meant to address a common error that students make, namely, that they represent fractions with different wholes when they need to compare them. This task is meant to generate classroom discussion related to comparing fractions. Particularly important is that students understand that when you compare fractions, you implicitly always have the same whole.

Subject:
Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Find the Missing Number
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This task asks students to solve addition and subtraction equations with different structures so that they are able to see the connections between addition and subtraction more easily.

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Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
05/01/2012
F-IF Hoisting the Flag 2
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important aspects of the task and its potential use.

Subject:
Functions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/06/2015
Using Benchmarks To Compare Fractions
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The goal of this task is to provide examples for comparing two fractions by finding a benchmark fraction which lies in between the two.

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Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
IInstitute for Mathematics & Education funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
07/30/2012
Introduction to Linear Functions
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This task lets students explore the differences between linear and non-linear functions. By contrasting the two, it reinforces properties of linear functions. The task lends itself to an extended discussion comparing the differences that students have found and relating them back to the equation and the graph of the two functions.

Subject:
Mathematics
Functions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/08/2012
Calculating Speed
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In this Cyberchase video segment, the CyberSquad calculates the speed of each broom. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
07/08/2008
A Tip on Tipping
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This TV 411 segment features a lesson from Question Man on how to informally calculate 15% tips at restaurants.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
09/12/2008
Boxed In and Wrapped Up
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Students find the volume and surface area of a rectangular box (e.g., a cereal box), and then figure out how to convert that box into a new, cubical box having the same volume as the original. As they construct the new, cube-shaped box from the original box material, students discover that the cubical box has less surface area than the original, and thus, a cube is a more efficient way to package things. Students then consider why consumer goods generally aren't packaged in cube-shaped boxes, even though they would require less material to produce and ultimately, less waste to discard. To display their findings, each student designs and constructs a mobile that contains a duplicate of his or her original box, the new cube-shaped box of the same volume, the scraps that are left over from the original box, and pertinent calculations of the volumes and surface areas involved. The activities involved provide valuable experience in problem solving with spatial-visual relationships.

Subject:
Engineering
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Investigating Temperature: Using a Thermometer
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Students will record the temperature daily, using a bar graph, color coded bars. this monthly bar graph helps students understand phenology and interpreting graphs.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Colleen Fridlund
Date Added:
10/04/2011
1.NBT Comparing Numbers
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: Materials A spinner with the numbers 0, 1, 2, ... 9 A spinner with the decades 00, 10, 20, ... 90 Math journal or teacher-made worksheet Pencil Actions...

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
04/19/2013
Patterns in the Multiplication Table
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The goal of this task is to look for structure and identify patterns and then try to find the mathematical explanation for this. This problem examines the ''checkerboard'' pattern of even and odd numbers in a single digit multiplication table.

Subject:
Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
08/27/2012
Counting by Tens
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The objective of this lesson is to gain automaticity counting to 100 and to establish the importance of multiples of ten. The final goal of this lesson is for students to be able to count by tens and articulate the term for this.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
06/26/2012