# Helping Bring the Sunshine - Inventing for the Protagonist

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Have you ever imagined what life would be like if you only could see and feel the sun once every seven years? How would you feel if you were alienated and ostracized because you are the only child on planet Venus who has memory of the sun. These are questions generated after reading Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in A Day. Students were asked to create an invention/concept that would assist the protagonist with their aforementioned conflicts. They created wonderful concept inventions by using the library makerspace which included Little Bits!

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Rachael L. Toy

# Causes of the American Civil War: State Declarations of Secession

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Students will read the declarations of secession from each state joining the CSA. Students can be assigned to read all, a few, or just one. Students will then draft a statement summarizing the reason(s) the state is giving for secession. Students can write/share these with the class and then discuss any commonalities among the statements to determine the cause of the Civil War according the states that seceded.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Primary Source

Author: Jennifer Hayden

# Exploring Literal Equations using Pictures

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Students will explore literal equations using pictures/images to represent variables.  Students use inverse operations and properties of equality to solve for the specified image.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Domain and Range: To Infinity and Beyond

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This is a Desmos activity to explore domain and range of continuous functions.  Students do not need prior knowledge of domain and range; this is an exploratory instructional activity.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Javier Cabezas

# Multiplying Polynomials with Algebra Tiles

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In this Desmos activity, students will practice multiplying polynomials with Algebra Tiles. Students should have prior knowledge of the area model of multiplication before utilizing this resource.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Javier Cabezas

# Graphing Given an Equation: Function Notation to Table to Graph

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This is an exploratory activity.  Students should have some prior knowledge of evaluating functions for given domain inputs using function notation.This lesson will walk students through using a table and plotting points.  By the end of the lesson students should walk away understanding that a line is infinitely many points.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Javier Cabezas

# Solutions to Equations Investigation - Desmos

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Students investigate solutions to equations using algebra tiles. Solutions to Equations Investigation

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Pamela Randolph

# Quadratic Equations Investigation

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Students observe patterns between the graph, x-intercepts, factored form, roots, equation, and zeros. They use the patterns they observed and the information given in one column to fill in the other columns.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Given a Point and a Slope, Plot a Point

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In this activity, students will be randomly assigned a point and a slope. They will use a movable point to plot a second point and receive visual feedback via animation as well as explicit written feedback about the slope of the line they created. All starting points and target slopes are generated randomly, so students in the class are not likely to get the same problems within a slide. They will all be practicing plotting points given a slope.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Javier Cabezas

# Investigating Zeros of a Function

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Students explore the meaning of zero(s) of a function given functions represented in graphs, tables, and equations.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Translating Expressions Problem Stack/Dominoes

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Students translate verbal expressions to algebraic expressions.  Included are both paper and online versions.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Sum of Four - Simplifying and Evaluating Expressions

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Students work independently, or in small groups, to simplify or evaluate sets of four expressions, then calculate the sum of their answers.  This activity is self-checking, using a Google Form.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Choose Your Own Adventure (Multistep Equations with Models)

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Students solve multistep equations (with variables on only one side).  Students choose between two models/equations at each of six points in this Google Form activity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Who Will Win the Race?

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Students will use racing information (speed or speed and head start) to predict the winner of a race.  Then students create a table and a graph to determine which racer wins.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Investigating Intercepts Desmos

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Students explore x- and y-intercepts of functions represented on the coordinate plane.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

# Table, Slope, Intercept, Equation Sort

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In this self-checking activity, students will match 18 cards, identifying the slope, y-intercept, and slope-intercept form of each equation to match each of the six tables.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Solving Multistep Equations Hidden Picture

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Students solve 12 multistep equations that have a single solution.  As correct solutions are found, a picture is slowly revealed.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Kelly Johnson

# Transformations of Quadratics

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Students tell the story of a jellyfish moving through the water using transformations of quadratic functions in standard form.Students sketch graphs of the transformations.Students put all four transformations on one graph to check that their story and transformations work as desired.  Students may change any transformations prior to submission.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Candice Barkley

# Extrema of Polynomials

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Students review domain, range, and intervals of increasing and decreasing using a draggable point to help them find extrema.  Students find both absolute and relative extrema.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Candice Barkley