Mathematics Resources
TITLE  GRADE(S)  SUBJECT  TEKS  DESCRIPTION 

The Amusing Trip  High School  Algebra I Mathematical Models with Applications 
111.39 111.43 
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 Chemistry 
111.41 111.43 112.35 
Students design a house using sustainable architecture. 
San Diego Bay Field Guide  High School  Precalculus Biology 
111.42 112.34 
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 Physics Engineering Design and Presentation Engineering Mathematics Electronics Principles of Technology Engineering Design and Problem Solving 
111.39 112.39 130.365 130.367 130.368 130.371 130.373 
Students learn how a new electrical product can be developed, engineered, and marketed to the public. 
Urban Art  High School  Geometry Physics 
111.41 112.39 
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/publicartarchive/learnabouttheurbantreesproject 
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 3D Modeling and Animation 
111.43 126.43 
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 
111.2628 112.1820 
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 
111.43 130.362 130.373 
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 Precalculus Mathematical Models with Applications Physics Robotics Programming and Design Concepts of Engineering and Technology Engineering Design and Problem Solving 
111.41 111.42 111.43 112.39 126.40 130.362 130.373 
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

Other Mathematics Resources
TITLE  TYPE  DESCRIPTION 

Activity Guide: Projectile Motion  Videos  The video teaches projectile motion, velocity, acceleration, and twodimensional 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; K12 & 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  We held a workshop this summer (2014) dealing with differentiated math instruction in K12 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, meaningmaking, and sensebuilding," 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. 
codebymath  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 slopeintercept 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. 