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The Amusing Trip High School Algebra I

Mathematical Models with Applications

Students create a feasibility study for a community trip to an amusement park and present the study and plan at a town council meeting.
Caching In High School Algebra I 111.39 Students develop geocache adventure maps to increase state tourism and make a presentation to a Board of Directors.
Exponential Functions High School Algebra I 111.39 Students become environmental scientists trying to stop a global environmental crisis. They collect and analyze data and use that data to make a presentation that includes multiple representations and well justified predictions.
Is There Safety in Slopes? High School Algebra I 111.39 A project that requires students to design wheelchair ramps for portable classrooms. Students learn to define slope, recognize the equation of a line, and define rate of change. Students present their design and cost estimate to the principal and head of maintenance for the state's Board of Education.
Open for Business High School Algebra I 111.39 A honey company is moving to your area and needs to find a possible site for bee hives. Students learn about polynomials, linear regression, correlation coefficient, data displays, etc. Students present their findings with graphs, data, and reasoning to support their recommendation.
Shop 'til You Drop High School Mathematical Models with Applications 111.43 Each team is a consultant group for a store deciding on what styles to stock. Students learn about probability and sample space. Presentations are to the store owner.
Yourville High School Algebra I 111.39 Student teams develop a housing subdivision with several different options. Students learn about factoring, quadratic equations, and rational expression. Presentations are made to prospective homeowners, realtors, and financial experts.
This New House High School Geometry

Mathematical Models with Applications



Students design a house using sustainable architecture.
San Diego Bay Field Guide High School Pre-calculus


Students study the fauna at San Diego Bay's intertidal zone, create a field guide, and identify solutions to improve the region's ecology.

Although Texas schools with no access to the coast won't be able to use this PBL as is, it is possible to adapt the project to your school's region.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? High School Algebra I


Engineering Design and Presentation

Engineering Mathematics


Principles of Technology

Engineering Design and Problem Solving






Students learn how a new electrical product can be developed, engineered, and marketed to the public.
Urban Art High School Geometry


The project is based on an art project at the Port of San Diego. Artists create "trees" that are displayed at the Port and may be purchased. For this project, students create a tree using a dowel, bamboo skewers, a terracotta pot, box cutters, and a glue gun.

You can find out more about the Port of San Diego project at www.portofsandiego.org/public-art-archive/learn-about-the-urban-trees-project
The Gist High School Algebra I 111.39 Students develop a quadratic function to illustrate how a social network's value grows with the number of people using the network.
Built to Last High School Mathematical Models with Applications

3-D Modeling and Animation

Students will create a multimedia presentation using Design Workshop Lite (a free software program) to generate different views of a historical monument or building.
Recycled Racers Middle School Science, Grades 6, 7, 8

Mathematics, Grades 6, 7, 8

Students create a model race car from reused materials. Then they test their cars and modify them to change the distance the cars are able to travel.
Reach for the Sky High School Mathematical Models with Applications

Concepts of Engineering and Technology

Engineering Design and Problem Solving


Skyscrapers are introduced. Students investigate skyscrapers, draw a building, and then construct a model of the building they envision.
America's Navy: STEM for the Classroom High School Geometry


Mathematical Models with Applications


Robotics Programming and Design

Concepts of Engineering and Technology

Engineering Design and Problem Solving






This Navy STEM website has a variety of projects, each of which includes lesson plans and an interactive PowerPoint. At the time the site was added here, the projects were
  • Robotics and Future Technology
  • Sonar and Echolocation
  • Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The Science of Nuclear Power
  • GPS and Navigation
  • Oceanography and Meteorology
  • The Science of Diving
  • Jets in Flight
  • Future Fleet
The TEKS listed are a brief list and TEKS covered by individual projects may differ.


Other Mathematics Resources

Activity Guide: Projectile Motion Videos The video teaches projectile motion, velocity, acceleration, and two-dimensional motion and uses juggling to explain the concepts.
Khan Academy Videos Videos tutoring students in math, science, economics and finance, humanities, and computer programming.
MIT BLOSSOMS Video Library Videos The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides over 50 video lessons for high school students about math and science.
Science 360 Video Videos The Science 360 website has a large collection of videos that can enhance classes in astronomy & space; chemistry; Earth & environment; K-12 & education; life sciences; mathematics; medical sciences; people & society; physics; technology & engineering.
TED Ed Videos Educational video lessons.
Teaching Channel Videos Educational videos created by teachers, for teachers.
A Math Teacher's Journey to PBL Blog This blog entry explains how a math teacher started using PBL in her classroom. It details both her initial failure and her successes, and it provides good ideas for math projects.
Differentiating Mathematics Instruction So EVERYONE Learns PDF We held a workshop this summer (2014) dealing with differentiated math instruction in K-12 classrooms. This is a document used during the workshop that I thought everyone might find interesting.
Mathematics Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Book Mathematics Formative Assessment provides formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTS) that help "provide teachers and students with information about their factual, conceptual, and procedural understandings in" mathematics.
Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching Book "It is possible to teach students and subjects in a classroom, and even to teach well and elegantly. How a teacher manages the complexity is what we need to understand." Reviewers agree that, although the topic for the book is mathematics, the content cuts across content areas and is appropriate for most teachers.
Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking Book Pearse and Walton contend that American students are mathematically behind the rest of the world because "many students know how to do the math but do not know how to think through the math." The authors consider numeracy the area that students in other countries are learning but that American students are not, and they define numeracy as "deep thinking, meaning-making, and sense-building," or being able to "think through math."
Why Do Americans Stink at Math Article This article from The New York Times is taken from Green's book, Building a Better Teacher. Green tells of Akihiko Takahashi, a Japanese teacher who became enamored of American teaching ideas. However, when he moved to the US, he found that the math ideas that he had used with great success in Japan were rarely used in American schools. You may also be interested in reading "Behind the Cover Story: Elizabeth Green on America's Math Crisis" from The New York Times in which Rachel Nolan interviews Elizabeth Green about her book Building a Better Teacher.
How I Blended My Math Class Article This Education Week Teacher article has a great way for math teachers to use the Khan Academy videos and ST Math in class. In the article, the author says that a TED video, "Build a School in the Cloud" (http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud), inspired her to change her teaching strategies in her math class.
PhET Interactive Simulations Activities Click on the button "Play with Simulations," and you will find a variety of simulations for physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, math, and cutting edge research.
code-by-math Coding This page of lessons has excellent ways to teach students to use math to code. I see lessons dealing with the Pythagorean theorem, square roots, drawing, mathematical expressions with variables, graphing lines in slope-intercept form and graphing a parabola, and many more. On the site's "about" page, the creators say, "The modern operating system is an extremely difficult environment under which to program....These days, it's simply too hard to get a computer to 'do something.'" They add that they have "noticed that math offers a badly needed context for learning how to code. Likewise, coding offers a badly needed context for learning things about mathematics."
Zombies and Calculus Book This 2014 novel is about a math professor who has to survive a zombie virus. "Readers learn how to avoid being eaten by taking advantage of the fact that zombies always point their tangent vector toward their target, and how to use exponential growth to determine the rate at which the virus is spreading."
PatrickJMT Videos In these YouTube math videos, Patrick explains and draws diagrams to illustrate limits, derivatives, and integrals/antiderivatives.

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