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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.


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.

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