Complete Lesson Collection - 62 Lessons 298 pages

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Every lesson that Make Math More has ever created in one GIANT PDF download! 62 lessons and 298 Pages worth of real-life, engaging math activities. That makes it only $0.75 per lesson. Lesson Plans and Student Guides are included for every lesson. Most Common Core standards are covered in grades 6-8 (see contents below), but teachers have adapted and used my lessons well beyond these grade levels. See the full list below and enjoy the lessons!

Candy Split - Students will use candy to explore what happens when they divide a fraction into even smaller amounts and take a fraction of a fraction. Using the candy (or a representation of the candy) will allow the students to physically move the pieces around to check and understand their answers. 6.NS.1 [Page 5]

Vacation Get Away - Students will use a website to find a 1-week vacation rental. Their task is to take the rental price and divide it by varying amounts of friends (working on dividing from 2 through 15), ultimately deciding how many people to bring on their trip. The 2nd part of the lesson will have students dividing their total, plus airfare, between several “credit card offers.” 6.NS.2 [Page 9]

What Drives You - Students will determine how many miles their future vehicle will accrue and analyze the cost of certain cars based on initial cost and gas mileage. Using decimal operations, students will gain some understanding into what it costs to drive certain distances and make a decision about their future car based on the data they collect. 6.NS.3 [Page 14]

Summer Hangin’ - Students will make a summer schedule with set amounts of days between each activities and find out how often they will meet up with friends who do the same activity. This number represents the LCM. Students are then given an amount of 2 or more supplies and instructed to determine the greatest amount of equal “packs” they could make. This number represents the GCF. 6.NS.4 [Page 18]

Positives and Negatives of Bungee Jumping - Students will simulate bungee jumping with a rubber band and washer to look at the positive and negative direction the rubber will spring. The hands-on and visual aspects of the lesson allow students to see the relationship of integers to 0. 6.NS.5, 6.NS.6a, 6.NS.7 [Page 23]

We Built This City - Students will design a city layout on their graph paper. They will also be responsible for giving a “tour” of their city. Through these two activities, students will work on locating and reading coordinate pairs, as well as determining the distance between points. 6.NS.8

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Life’s Oder Of Operations - Students will compare the importance of following an order when solving math problems to following an order for doing an activity in real life. 6.EE.1 [Page 35]

Clothing Design And Pricing - The students are fashion designers with business sense who will be using an equation to figure out how they will price their clothing items. 6.EE.1, 6.EE.2 [Page 37]

Algebra In Football - The students are playing the role of a statistician trying to prove that one quarterback is better than another mathematically. 6.EE.2 [Page 41]

Bake Sale Business - Students will work towards a goal of raising money through a bake sale. Using equations and inequalities students will determine the costs, set pricing, and create a monetary goal. 6.EE.5, 6.EE.6, 6.EE.7, 6.EE.8 [Page 47]

Question Quest - Students will work with some examples of statistical questions and see what makes them different than questions that are not statistical. Statistics is defined as the science of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data, which we want the students to understand through the important first step of asking the right question(s). 6.SP.1 [Page 51]

Collecting and Analyzing Data - The students are acting as surveyors who must collect data and then see what knowledge they can gain from the collected data. 6.SP.2, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.5 [Page 56]

The Ratio of a Chorus - The students will be analyzing music to try and figure out why song choruses get stuck in our heads using ratios and unit rates. 7.RP.1, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3 [Page 60]

Math Mystery Crime Case - Students will aide the police in solving a fictitious crime case using math and graphing to discover which suspect most likely stole the victim’s phone. 7.RP.2, 8.EE.5, 8.F.1, 8.F.2, 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5. [Page 61]

Shopping Stacked Discounts - Students get a fictitious coupon to shop for items at and discover why stores often say “take an additional discount off the sale price” and not off the “original price.” 7.RP.3, 7.EE.3 [Page 72]

Temperature Exploration - The students will be comparing extreme temperatures in the U.S. and then discovering other extreme temperatures in the world to compare. 7.NS.1, 7.NS.3 [Page 75]

The Danger of Credit Cards - Students will use integers to understand how credit cards can be dangerous as a purchase gathers interest quickly with only minimum monthly payments. 7.NS.2, 7.NS.3 [Page 79]

The Business of Math - The students will be creating a business that sells a product they make up and design. They will then use math to help them price and predict sales of their products. 7.EE.1, 7.EE.2 [Page 84]

Creating and Cracking the Code - The students will be encrypting a code that only people with the “key” can decrypt and read. 7.EE.4 [Page 89]

Dream Room - The students are acting as architects/interior designers and designing a dream bedroom. 7.G.1 [Page 94]

Engineering with Triangles - Students will attempt to construct triangles and then choose which of those triangles would be useful in engineering solutions to real world problems. 7.G.2 [Page 99]

Geometry Everywhere - Students will attempt to construct triangles and then choose which of those triangles would be useful in engineering solutions to real world problems. 7.G.3 [Page 103]

Discovering Pi - Students get told to use the number Pi in dealing with circles but never discover where it comes from. They will use a personal object to help them make this discovery. 7.G.4 [Page 108]

Skateboarding Angles - Students will look at images of skateboarders performing tricks and attempt to find the measure of angles that relate to the trick the skateboarder is performing. 7.G.5, 8.G.5 [Page 113]

The Box Design Challenge - Students will be working to design all the possible boxes (rectangular prisms) that can fit a volume of 24 in attempt to discover the most economical box to cover. 7.G.6 [Page 118]

Inquiry Sampling Part 1 - The students will be conducting surveys to collect data and then see what knowledge they can gain from the collected data about a larger population. 7.SP.1 [Page 123]

Inquiry Sampling Part 2 - The students will be conducting multiple samples of data and then comparing the samples to see what insights they offer for the larger population. Is life better with more than one sample? 7.SP.2 [Page 127]

Overlapping Interests - The students are going to compare data sets both visually and statistically to gain insights. 7.SP.3 [Page 131]

Boys vs. Girls - Students will tackle an age old comparison of boys vs. girls to gain some new insights into how close or far apart the genders truly are. 7.SP.4 [Page 136]

Predicting Probabilities - Students will predict the likelihood of chance events happening. 7.SP.5 [Page 140]

Winning a Game with Probability - The students are playing a game and attempting to deduce a strategy based on probability that will increase their chances of winning. 7.SP.6 [Page 145]

Shuffling Probability in Music - Students will finally try to answer that question of “what are the chances” when shuffling music on their favorite music player and a song or artist surprisingly plays or doesn’t play. 7.SP.7. [Page 150]

Probability of Rock/Paper/Scissors - The students are playing a game of rock/paper/scissors and then trying to determine how probability can give them an edge in the game. 7.SP.8 [Page 155]

Big Square Deal - When ordering a pizza that claims to be a “Big Square Deal” from a national chain, a student suggests that it can’t really be a square if it only has 16 pieces. Students will explore if this is true and what doors it opens into understanding and estimating square roots. 8.NS.1, 8.NS.2 [Page 161]

The Moon is How Far Away? - In order to better grasp how big a great distance is, students will calculate how many of a personal object it takes to go the same distance. 8.EE.3, 8.EE.4 [Page 166]

Graphing Running - Students will use graphs to visualize the data of their running and gain new insights from it. 8.EE.5, 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5 [Page 170]

Linear Roller Coasters - Students will be watching videos of roller coasters and attempting to hypothesize how long it would to take for the to crash into each other if overlapping. 8.EE.8, 8.F.3, 8.F.4, 8.F.5 [Page 175]

Reflecting Math - Students will reflect figures on the coordinate plane and discover what is actually happening in a mirror. 8.G.3 [Page 181]

The Big Screen - When creating a home theater, how big of a screen should you get for a wall? When looking at a 60” T.V. how much room will it actually take up on the wall? Using the pythagorean theorem, students will learn more about how screen size relates to the dimensions of that screen. 8.G.6, 8.G.7, 8.G.8 [Page 186]

Correlating Reaction Time - Students will collect bivariate data by doing an experiment in class and then see if they can find any correlation in the data. If there is not correlation in the data, then students will collect another set of data that does show correlation and then compare the differences. 8.SP.1, 8.SP.2, 8.SP.3 [Page 191]

Bar Graphing An Inquiry - The students will be collecting data from their peers and then displaying it in a bar graph. [Page 197]

Fractions with a Basketball Superstar - The students are acting as a statisticians employed by a basketball team to track their star player’s shots and then evaluate his game. [Page 201]

Find the Better Buy - The students are taking on the role of a shopper going to the grocery store and comparing food items in order to find the better buy. [Page 206]

Describing the Speed of a Car - Students will watch a video of cars racing around a track that are driving at different speeds and discover the importance of math to help us describe how fast they are going **VIDEO LINK** [Page 209]

Cellular Algebra - The students are pricing cell phone plans and attempting to discover an algebraic equation that these companies would use to find the amount a customer would have to pay. [Page 213]

Geometry Everywhere - The students are exploring where geometry exists in their surroundings and thinking about what purpose those shapes serve. [Page 217]

Graphing Your Story - The students are attempting to showcase the stories of data by interpreting graphs to reveal the stories they tell. [Page 222]

How Tall is That? - The students will be using proportions to correctly estimate how tall an object is rather than guess. [Page 226]

Integer Football Game - Students will play a game that simulates the game of football and the positive and negative yards found in the game. [Page 229]

LeBron’s 2010 Decision - The students will use math skills in order to keep the media in check and truly figure out if there was a better financial choice for LeBron. [Page 234]

The Patterns Of Nature - Students will create visualizations of numeric patterns. [Page 237]

Polygonal Letters - The students are going to write the alphabet as polygons almost as if they were creating a new font for the computer. [Page 242]

Symmetrical Beauty - Students will measure a celebrity’s face to determine how symmetrical their face is and see how that relate’s to their beauty. [Page 245]

Modeling Adding & Subtracting Fractions Rich Task [Page 246]

Cross Sections Rich Task [Page 252]

Discovering Volume Rich Task [Page 255]

Dream House Project [Page 258]

Math Practice Rich Task [Page 271]

Rotational Symmetry Rich Task [Page 273]

Simplifying Expressions Introduction Rich Task

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Transformations Rich Task [Page 287]

Unit Rate With Complex Fractions Rich Task [Page 294]

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.
Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.
Describe the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three-dimensional figures, as in plane sections of right rectangular prisms and right rectangular pyramids.
Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.
Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.


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